Mitosis

Cell division that results in two daughter cells, each having the same number and kind of chromosomes as the parent nucleus.

Mitosis occurs in asexual reproduction. Only one parent is needed and the offspring is identical to the parent because the parent makes a copy of itself (clone). One advantage is that this process is quite fast. The disadvantage however is that bad traits are passed from parent to offspring due to small chance of variation. Look at the picture for a simpler version.

In the first block, the cell splits into two daughter cells. Then in the second block the offspring grows out of the body of the parent. In the third block, the body of the parent breaks into pieces (each of which can produce offspring). Watch the video for a different explanation of mitosis.

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