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Microscopic organisms reproduce by splitting in two.

From the statement above we can say that microscopic organism:

a- produces offspring which are indentical to the original

b- reproduce (I think reproduces is correct. Isn't it?) by multiplying and making more cells.

c- creates new life by making two different cells

I answered 'a' because splitting in two means cloning to me but it turned out to be wrong and the correct one was 'c'.

I wonder why! Can someone tell me which one is actually correct?
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Hi again,

Microscopic organisms reproduce by splitting in two.

From the statement above we can say that a microscopic organism:

a- produces offspring which are indentical to the original

b- reproduces by multiplying and making more cells.

c- creates new life by making two different cells

I answered 'a' because splitting in two means cloning to me but it turned out to be wrong and the correct one was 'c'.

I wonder why! Can someone tell me which one is actually correct? 'C' seems correct to me. I interpet 'differnt' here to mean 'separate'.

'A' seems wrong because the two new organisms are not identical to the original, they are smaller. Do you think that is splitting (no pun intended) hairs?

Clearly, there's a significant language/philosophy component to micro-biology!

Clive
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The only exact conclusion that can be drawn from the sentence is that one micro-organism splits into two separate micro-organisms. The original organism does not remain; thus in (a), 'offspring' might be misleading in its implication of a remaining adult, and 'identical' is not necessarily implied as a characteristic of the two new cells.

I don't particularly like (c) because of the term 'different cells', which could be read as two cells that do not have the same characteristics as each other. That would not be necessarily implied by the original statement.

EDIT: Sorry, Clive, I had not seen your post before writing.
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'C' seems correct to me. I interpet 'differnt' here to mean 'separate'.

'A' seems wrong because the two new organisms are not identical to the original, they are smaller. Do you think that is splitting (no pun intended) hairs?

Clearly, there's a significant language/philosophy component to micro-biology!

Clive

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What does indentical mean? Emotion: tongue tied The word on my paper writes 'identical' Emotion: tongue tied Does it mean same but with a more accurate spelling or you are suggesting a new word but with different or better; opposite meaning? Emotion: tongue tied
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Clive is highlighting a typo in your original post where identical is written as indentical. The word you want is identical.
It was typing error Emotion: stick out tongue Sorry Emotion: sad