How many chromosomes are found in sperm and eggs?

How many chromosomes are there in a sperm?

Chromatin is packed in a specific way into the 23 chromosomes inside human spermatozoa. The differences in the chromatin organization within sperm and somatic cells chromosomes are due to differences in the molecular structure of the protamine DNA-complexes in spermatozoa.

Why does a sperm have 23 chromosomes?

One set of 23 comes from mom and the other 23 from dad. The egg and sperm cells are an exception–they have only 23 chromosomes each. A sperm from the man combines with a woman’s egg in her womb to make a zygote. The zygote ends up with a total of 46 chromosomes and can now grow into a baby.

What are the 23 chromosomes?

The first 22 pairs of chromosomes are called autosomes. The 23rd pair of chromosomes are known as the sex chromosomes, because they decide if you will be born male or female. Females have two X chromosomes, while males have one X and one Y chromosome.

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