Germline

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The germline is a group of cells in multicellular organisms that are not somatic cells.

A cell is considered to be part of the germline if they are a haploid gamete or they are a precursor to those haploid gametes and therefore may be diploid[1].

In mammals, the germline cells become spermatozoa or ova.

References

  1. Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, David Morgan, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter. Molecular Biology of The Cell 6th Edition. USA: Garland Science, Tayler and Francis Grup, LLC. 2015. ISBN 978-0-8153-4464-3
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