On average, how many cells divide each day in a human being? How long does a cell wait before dividing itself ?
I have tried to look on the internet but surprisingly the answer is difficult to find..
My first thought was this:
According to Wikipedia (citation provided)
For every cell that dies a new one must be born, so there must be at least between 50 and 70 billion cell divisions to replenish these cells in an adult human (no net growth).
But then I remembered erythrocytes. Wikipedia again:
So approximately 1% of erythrocytes are destroyed every day and must be replaced. That's 2-3 x 1011 cells formed every day, which dwarfs the cells replenished due to apoptosis (5 - 7 x 109).