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totipotency/det. cleavage/indet. cleavage

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by pistolpete007, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. pistolpete007

    pistolpete007 2+ Year Member

    May 18, 2008
    can someone clearly explain the difference between
    B.determinate cleavage
    C.Indeterminate cleavage
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  3. osimsDDS

    osimsDDS 5+ Year Member

    Jun 8, 2007
    totipotent- basically any cell can become any cell, meaning during cleavage if it is indeterminate any cell can specialize into any type of cell, like a heart cell, liver cell, kidney cell, etc...

    indeterminate cleavage- this happens in duterostome embryology when the cells fate is not determined, basically it can become any cell and specialize into any cell = totipotent

    determinate- this occurs in protostome embryology, its when the fate of the cell is basically determined early in embryology and it cant specialize into any cell it wants to = non-totipotent

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