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Germ cells


All the cells in an organism can be divided into the soma (the cells that ultimately die) and the germ cells (that are perpetuated by reproduction).

Germ cells are the reproductive cells in an organism: the cells that produce the gametes; any other cells are somatic cells. This idea is neatly expressed by Samuel Butler:

"a hen is only an egg's way of making another egg".

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