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March 14, 2014


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When I was in college, in the early 60s, I'm pretty sure the number of chromosomes (or so we were taught in zoology) was 48, or 24 pairs. That number was updated some time after that.

Dan: I suspect your college was using out-of-date textbooks. In case you missed it, I link in the post to the Wikipedia entry about chromosomes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromosomes#History_of_discovery

"The number of human chromosomes was published in 1923 by Theophilus Painter. By inspection through the microscope he counted 24. Surprisingly, his error was copied by others and it was not until 1956 that the true number, 23, was determined."

Now if I could just find out what 23 flavors go into Dr Pepper.

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