Is it that more the number of chromosomes, greater the dna content?

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Is it that more the number of chromosomes, greater the dna content?

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>”is it that more the number of chromosomes, greater the dna content?” No. The size of chromosomes can also vary highly. So a species could have 100 very small chromosomes and still have less DNA (genetic material) than another species with 10 very large chromosomes. The analogy I use is that chromosomes are like volumes in an encyclopedia. Knowing that Encyclopedia A consists of 26 volumes, and Encyclopedia B has 12 volumes, does NOT necessarily mean that A has more information in it than B. You also have to take into account the *size* of the volumes. >”can organisms with fewer chromosomes reproduce more easily?” Hmm … define “reproduce more easily.” A bacterium has only a single chromosome, which is one thing that allows it to reproduce like gangbusters. But there are so many other factors to consider. Cells have to grow before they can replicate, so larger cells (like human cells) will of course take longer to grow and replicate. In humans, sperm cells and egg cells have the same

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