2/cell) centrosomes and misaligned chromosomes in later passages in all strains examined. Numerical centrosome aberrations were prominent in a polyploid subpopulation. In metaphase cells, numerical centrosome aberrations were correlated significantly with chromosome misalignment. Fluorescent in situ hybridization analysis using a centromere-specific probe revealed a correlation between chromosome aneusomy and centrosome over-duplication. These results suggest that abnormal duplication of centrosomes in association with cellular aging may be responsible for the increase in chromosomal instability with aging.