Generation time

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Generation time, also called doubling time.

  1. Procaryotic cell division:
    1. A bacterial generation time is also known as its doubling time.
    2. Doubling time is the time it takes a bacterium to do one binary fission starting from having just divided -
    3. - and ending at the point of having just completed the next division.
  2. Generation times vary with organisms and environments and can range from 20 minutes for a fast growing bacterium under ideal conditions, to hours and days for less than ideal conditions or for slowly growing bacteria.


Supplemental Lecture (98/04/03 update) by Stephen T. Abedon (

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