Question
Mon March 07, 2011 By: Aarti Prakash

could you please explain the difference between mitosis and meiosis?

Expert Reply
Mon March 07, 2011
Dear student,

 

Mitosis

Meiosis

 1

A process of asexual reproduction in which the cell divides in two producing a replica, with an equal number of chromosomes in haploid cell.

A type of cellular reproduction in which the number of chromosomes are reduced by half through the separation of homologous chromosomes in a diploid cell.

 2

Two diploid cells are formed.

Four haploid cells are formed

 3

Occurs in all body cells except the sex cells

Occurs in sex cells

 4

Its steps are Interphase, Prophase ,  Metaphase , Anaphase, Telophase, and cytokinesis

 

Its steps are Interphase I, Prophase I,  Metaphase I, Anaphase I, Telophase I, Prophase II, Metaphase II, Anaphase II and Telophase II.

 

 5

Function is cellular Reproduction & general growth and repair of the body

 

Function is sexual reproduction

 6

Crossing over does not occur in mitosis

Crossing over occurs in meiosis

 7

Chromosome number remains the same in daughter cells as in parent cell.

Chromosome number reduces to half in daughter cells as in parent cell.

 

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