Identify the stages of the cell cycle, by picture and by description of major milestones.
The cell cycle is an ordered series of events involving cell growth and cell division that produces two new daughter cells. Cells on the path to cell division proceed through a series of precisely timed and carefully regulated stages of growth, DNA replication, and division that produces two identical (clone) cells. The cell cycle has two major phases: interphase and the mitotic phase (Figure 1). During interphase, the cell grows and DNA is replicated. During the mitotic phase, the replicated DNA and cytoplasmic contents are separated, and the cell divides.
What You’ll Learn to Do
- Identify the characteristics and sub-phases of interphase.
- Identify the characteristics and stages of mitosis.
- Identify the characteristics of cytokinesis.
The learning activities for this section include the following:
- Reading: Interphase
- Reading: Mitosis
- Reading: Cytokinesis
- Reading: The Complete Cycle
- Self Check: The Cell Cycle