What is the cell cycle?

Often referred to as the “cell-division cycle”, this describes the events that take place in a cell, leading to its division and duplication of DNA to produce two “daughter cells”. It can be quite complicated when explored in-depth, but its main steps are: Interphase (Chromosomes are extended and used in the G1, S, and G2 phases), Prophase (Chromosomes condense, nuclear envelop breaks down, and the spindle forms), Metaphase (Chromosomes line up on the central plane of the cell), Anaphase (Centromeres divide, chromatids move towards opposite poles), Telophase (Chromosomes uncoil, new nuclear envelope forms. Spindle fibers disappear), and finally Cytokinesis (Cytoplasm of cell is cleaved in half).

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