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  • Oh my, hello there! I am the Great Mitosis Lord! I have just recently discovered how the cell cycle works for cell reproduction. Oh wise one, please allow me with the honor of showing you!
  • There are six phases in the cell cycle. It all starts with what I call, the parent cell. It all starts with 46 chromosomes. The first phase is known as interphase.  In this phase, the cell makes a copy of its DNA, the cell grows to its mature size, and prepares itself to divide into two cells.
  • The next phase is called prophase, the beginning of mitosis. The chromatin in the nucleus condense to form chromosomes. Spindle fibers form a bridge between the poles.
  • After the prophase stage is the metaphase stage. The chromatid attach to spindle fibers. Then the chromosomes line up along the middle of the cell.
  • Followed by the metaphase stage is the anaphase stage. The centromeres split and the chromatids separate to move to the opposite ends of the cell, which are pulled along by spindle fibers. The cell becomes stretched out as the opposite ends are pulled apart.
  • The next phase is called telophase. In this phase, the chromosomes begin to stretch out and two nuclei form. This ends the process of mitosis.
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