• Question: On average, how many cells die in the human body every minute?

    Asked by rhooper821 to Ben, Dave, Ed, Sam, Susana on 18 Jun 2013.
    • Photo: Sam Horrell

      Sam Horrell answered on 18 Jun 2013:

      For adults it’s about 50-70 billion per day, for children between 8 and 14 it is 20-30 billion per day. A lot of these are skin cells and blood cells which are continuously recycled.

      So for adults lets say 60,000,000,000 in 24 hours
      That means 60,000,000,000 in 1440 minutes (hours times 60)
      That means 41666666.67 per minute (60,000,000,000 divided by 1440)

      So with that in mind can yo tell me in the comments how many cells die per minute in children assuming a start value of 25 billion cells per 24 hours?

    • Photo: David Briggs

      David Briggs answered on 18 Jun 2013:

      What Sam said 😆

      Pretty amazing isn’t it!