Like many things, cells wear out and die. If an organism is to live and grow
it must reproduce. Therefore cell division serves an important role in an organism's
health and growth. Cell division occurs rapidly in living organisms. For
example, in an adult human, millions of cells divide each second to
maintain homeostasis (the proper balance in cells).
Cell division begins with interphase, when the cell replicates all of its
genomic and cytoplasmic material and prepares for division. After preparation is complete, the cell
enters the 4-phased mitosis. In mitosis, the cell sequentially goes through
prophase, metaphase, anaphase, and telophase. Immediately after the completion
of telophase, cytokenesis is initiated to end cell division by literally
separating the cell in two.
Please choose from the links below to see the different stages of mitosis.
Mitosis 1: Prophase
Mitosis 2: Metaphase
Mitosis 3: Anaphase
Mitosis 4: Telophase