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    Cell division is the process by which a parent cell divides into two or more daughter cells. It is a vital process for growth, development, and reproduction in living organisms. There are two main types of cell division: mitosis and meiosis.

    Mitosis is a form of cell division that occurs in somatic cells, which are non-reproductive cells. It consists of a series of stages that result in the formation of two genetically identical daughter cells. The stages of mitosis are:

    1. Interphase: The cell prepares for division by growing, replicating its DNA, and synthesizing necessary proteins.

    2. Prophase: The chromatin (loosely packed DNA) condenses into visible chromosomes. The nuclear membrane disintegrates, and the centrioles move to opposite poles of the cell, forming spindle fibers.

    3. Metaphase: The chromosomes line up along the equator of the cell, guided by the spindle fibers.

    4. Anaphase: The spindle fibers contract, separating the sister chromatids of each chromosome. The separated chromatids move towards opposite poles of the cell.

    5. Telophase: The separated chromatids reach the poles of the cell. Nuclear membranes form around each set of chromosomes, and the chromosomes gradually decondense. The cell begins to divide.

    6. Cytokinesis: The cytoplasm of the cell divides, resulting in the formation of two identical daughter cells, each with a complete set of chromosomes.

    Mitosis plays a crucial role in growth, tissue repair, and asexual reproduction in organisms.

    Meiosis, on the other hand, is a specialized form of cell division that occurs in reproductive cells (germ cells) to produce gametes (sperm and eggs). It involves two rounds of division, resulting in the formation of four daughter cells, each with half the number of chromosomes as the parent cell. The stages of meiosis can be summarized as follows:

    1. Interphase: The cell undergoes growth and DNA replication, similar to mitosis.

    2. Meiosis I:

    Prophase I: Chromatin condenses into chromosomes. Homologous chromosomes pair up and undergo crossing-over, exchanging genetic material.

    Metaphase I: Homologous chromosome pairs align at the cell’s equator.

    Anaphase I: Homologous chromosomes separate and move towards opposite poles.

    Telophase I: Chromosomes reach the poles, and the cell undergoes cytokinesis, resulting in two daughter cells.

    3. Meiosis II:

    Prophase II: Chromosomes recondense, and the nuclear membrane disintegrates.

    Metaphase II: Chromosomes align at the equator of each daughter cell.

    Anaphase II: Sister chromatids separate and move towards opposite poles.

    Telophase II: Chromosomes reach the poles, and the cells undergo cytokinesis, resulting in four haploid daughter cells.

    Meiosis is essential for sexual reproduction, as it produces genetically diverse gametes with half the number of chromosomes, allowing for the fusion of male and female gametes during fertilization.

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