Can someone please explain mitosis and meiosis in simple terms?

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I am cramming in revision for B5 mock exam... would reallyy appreciate anyones help :)

Posted Sat 24th November, 2012 @ 16:06 by Kg Doodle

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Mitosis takes place in all of the body cells, except for the production of gametes (making the sperm and egg). It is the division of a cell where the DNA is exactly the same in each of the daughter cells (name given to the cells produced from the original cell). Two daughter cells are formed.

Meiosis the way in which gametes are made - they contain half the DNA that they should have. When they divide, they do so by dividing once, then dividing again, so that there are four daughter cells produced, each with a random selection of the DNA.

Answered Sat 24th November, 2012 @ 17:48 by Former Member
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check this out.. see if it helps in anyway..

Meiosis: A type of cell division that results in two pairs of daughter cells each with half the chromosome number of the parent cell.


A type of cell division that results in two daughter cells each the same as the parent nucleus, typical of ordinary tissue growth.

Answered Sat 24th November, 2012 @ 16:51 by ? Secret - Team GR
Edited by ? Secret - Team GR on Sat 24th November, 2012 @ 16:51
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Thank you for your help.... It makes perfect sense now :)

Answered Tue 27th November, 2012 @ 16:37 by Kg Doodle