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  1. #1 Non-Germline but Haploid Cells? 
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    I am twenty, I don't have high school. I love biolody but I am terrible at it. I was having a conversation with my friend over it and came up with a few questions that her teacher in school couldn't answer.

    Germline cells are haploid; only the somatic cells are diploid. Somatic cells include all cells except the germline cells, viruses, bacteria and mitochondria as well. Are those two statements correct?

    Now if all that is correct, is there a name for cells that are haploid, but that aren't germline cells? If so, what is it?

    Thank you for your patience and interest


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    You are a little mistaken with your terminology.

    HAPLOID is a special term which applies specifically to germline cells. These cells have half the number of chromosomes that somatic cells have. When the male and female haploid cells come together they produce a new somatic cell.

    Human somatic cells have 2 sets of chromosomes, they are diploid. Human germline cells have one set of chromosomes, they are MONOPLOID. In humans, haploid cells are monoploid.

    Somatic cells in a wheat plant have 6 sets of chromosomes. Their germline cells have 3 sets of chromosomes. In the wheat plant, haploid cells are triploid.

    Haploid cells are by definition germline cells.


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    Ok now I see what my mistake is. It all makes sense now Thanks for clearing that up for me!!
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