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What is the lifespan of cells?

The lifespan of a cell varies widely depending on the type of cell, the organism it belongs to, and its function. Here are some general examples:

1. **Red Blood Cells:** In humans, red blood cells (erythrocytes) have a relatively short lifespan of about 120 days. They wear out and are constantly being replaced by new cells produced in the bone marrow.

2. **Skin Cells:** The outer layer of the skin is composed of cells called keratinocytes, and these cells have a lifespan of about 2 to 4 weeks. They are continually replaced through cell division in the lower layers of the epidermis.

3. **Liver Cells:** Hepatocytes, the main cells in the liver, have a relatively long lifespan. Some studies suggest that a significant portion of liver cells can live for several months to years.

4. **Nerve Cells:** Neurons, or nerve cells, typically have a very long lifespan and can last a lifetime. In many cases, neurons do not undergo cell division, and any damage or loss is often permanent.

5. **Gut Lining Cells:** The cells lining the intestinal tract have a relatively short lifespan due to the wear and tear caused by digestion and other factors. They are continuously replaced, with a turnover time of a few days to a week.

It's important to note that these are general estimates, and the actual lifespan of cells can be influenced by various factors, including the health and age of the organism, environmental factors, and specific cell functions. Additionally, some cells, like stem cells, can continuously divide and give rise to new cells, contributing to the maintenance and repair of tissues throughout an organism's life.

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