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Stupid chromosome question

  1. Jul 29, 2010 #1
    I don't know why I can't think of an answer to this, but it should be simple.

    Every human cell contains 46 chromosomes, right? Well why do they only show 2 chromosomes in the diagrams you see that depict mitosis?
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  3. Jul 29, 2010 #2
    I don't know anything at all about mitosis, or chromosomes for that matter, but sounds to me like it's just easier to show you one 'example' pair of chromosomes than to do all 46 of them. They probably wouldn't all fit in the diagram, or if they did they'd be so small you wouldn't be able to see the details, which is presumably the whole point of the diagram.
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