Biology - Mitosis vs. Meiosis

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For some people, the difference between mitosis and meiosis is confusing. This is not surprising as the names are fairly similar and both involve cell division. However, meiosis is only for the formation of gametes, or sex cells while mitosis is for everything other than sex cells.  Both involve the replication of DNA and involve the following phases: prophase, metaphase, anaphase, and telophase. However, only meiosis involves synapsis, or when chromosomes associate to form homologous pairs. Homologous chromosomes are chromosomes that have the same genetic composition and are derived from different parents. Professor Wolfe continues to compare these two processes of cell division in today's free Biology video on Mitosis vs. Meiosis. We'll let him show you the rest of the differences and similarities between the two different types of cell division.


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