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If a human skin cell has 46 chromosomes, how many chromosomes does each new skin cell have after mitosis?

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Human skin cells contain 46 chromosomes, or 23 chromosome pairs, and after mitosis, the two daughter cells also have 46 chromosomes. Mitosis is a cellular process that creates two identical daughter cells from one original cell.

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The newly produced daughter cells are identical to the parent cell, no matter what type of cell the parent was.

Mitosis is a cellular process that occurs during the gap 1, synthesis and gap 2 phases of the normal cell cycle. The stages of mitosis include prophase, metaphase, anaphase, telophase and interphase. Each of these stages allows DNA to duplicate inside of the cell to produce two new daughter cells.

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