Cell division

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Cell division is a process which occurs in all living cells. There are two types of cell division, Mitosis, in which the parental cell divides into two genetically identical daughter cells with the purpose usually being for growth and repair and Meiosis where the parental cell divides into four genetically different haploid cells which are know as gametes.

Mitosis consists for four stages:

  1. prophase
  2. metaphase
  3. anaphase
  4. telophase

During prophase the chromosomes condence and become vsisible, while in the cytplasm of the cell spindles form. The chromosomes align at the centre of the cell during metaphase. During anaphase chromosomes move towards opposite poles of the cell. Telophase is the reverse of prophase[1].


  1. University of illinois(n.d)cell divison'Mitosis and Meiosis. Available at:Www.uic.edu/classes/bios/bios100/lecturesf04/am/lect16.htm. Last accessed 4.12.15
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