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What are somatic vs sex chromosomes?

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Mazin Albert
General Practice
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In brief: Determine Gender

Human cells have 46 chromosomes consisting of 22 pairs of autosomes (somatic) and 1 pair of sex chromosomes.
Both are composed of dna and carry hereditary traits. However, the sex chromosomes are either xx (female) or xy (male), and determine gender.

In brief: Determine Gender

Human cells have 46 chromosomes consisting of 22 pairs of autosomes (somatic) and 1 pair of sex chromosomes.
Both are composed of dna and carry hereditary traits. However, the sex chromosomes are either xx (female) or xy (male), and determine gender.
Mazin Albert
Mazin Albert
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Dr. Gerry Tolbert
Family Medicine

In brief: Genetics

Somatic chromosomes are the genetic material that are passed from parent to offspring that determine the traits that the offspring will develop.
Sex chromosomes specifically determine gender (male or female) and are known to also carry genes for certain other traits which we think of as related to gender.

In brief: Genetics

Somatic chromosomes are the genetic material that are passed from parent to offspring that determine the traits that the offspring will develop.
Sex chromosomes specifically determine gender (male or female) and are known to also carry genes for certain other traits which we think of as related to gender.
Dr. Gerry Tolbert
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