Where are we going with this? The information on this page should increase understanding related to this standard: Explore the process of mitosis understanding why mitosis happens, the main goal of mitosis, and the key terms involved in mitosis.
Review of Mitosis Basics
"Mitosis is a process where a single cell divides into two identical daughter cells (cell division). During mitosis one cell? divides once to form two identical cells. The major purpose of mitosis is for growth and to replace worn out cells" (Souce, 2021-11)
Mitosis occurs in steps.
Step 2: Metaphase
Step 3: Anaphase
Haploid vs. Diploid
Because brain and nerve cells cannot duplicate, spinal and brain injuries typically cannot repair themselves.
- Cancer is a disease of the cell cycle.
- Cancer cells do not respond to signals that regulate the cell cycle. So, they have potential to form masses of cells called tumors.
- Occasionally, these masses can break loose and metastasize (spread).