Are daughter cells the same as gametes?
- tonyLv 72 years ago
Daughter cells are cells that result from the division of a single parent cell. They are produced by the division processes of mitosis and meiosis.Cell division is the reproductive mechanism whereby living organisms grow, develop, and produce offspring.
Gametes, on the other hand, are involved directly in the reproductive cycle and are most often haploid, meaning they only have one set of chromosomes allowing each contributing cell to pass on half of the needed complete set of chromosomes for reproduction.
- MARKLv 72 years ago
In general, no, the term, 'daughter cells', is used to refer to the two cells that should be produced by the mitotic division of all somatic* cells.
*Somatic cells = equals all cells, i.e. body cells, excluding the gametes (sex cells).
It could, as others have said, mean the cells produced by meiosis that are gametes, but this is not the normal use of the term, 'daughter cell'.
- Anonymous2 years ago
Daughter cells are the cells made when a cell (called the parent cell) divides.
*If* the parent cell divides by mieiosis it produces 4 daughter cells. Each daughter cell has half the number of chromosomes as the parent cell. These daughter cells are called gametes (eggs cells if female, sperm cells if male).
If the parent cell divides by mitosis it produces 2 daughter cells. Each daughter cell has the same number of chromosomes as the parent cell. These daughter cells are NOT called gametes.
- Formerly Peter SLv 72 years ago
Gametes are the daughter cells of meiotic division of one mother cell. Mitosis produces two daughter cells per parent cell.