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How many mitotic divisions are required to produce 256 daughters/somatic cells?

A
128
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64
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C
32
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D
8
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Solution

The correct option is D 8
We know that one mitotic cell division produces 2 identical daughter cells.
  • One division leads to 2 daughter cells, two division produces four cells. So in general, we can say that if n division occurs, then 2n daughter cells will be formed.
  • Here 2n = 256 , which gives n = 8. So, the correct answer is option D.

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