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Mitosis Through the Microscope: Advances in Seeing Inside Live Dividing Cells

This article discusses advances made in the study of mitosis. The most visually spectacular events in the life of a cell occur when it divides. This is especially true in higher eukaryotes, where the size and geometry of cells allow the division process to be followed through a microscope with considerable clarity. In these organisms, the membrane surrounding the nucleus breaks down after the replicated DNA has condensed to form discrete chromosomes. Several new structures are then assembled to separate the chromosomes and partition the cytoplasm into two separate cells.

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Resource Type: Journal article/Issue, Image
Audience Level: Undergraduate lower division 13-14, Undergraduate upper division 15-16, Graduate, Professional (degree program), Continuing education

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Authors and Editors: Conly Rieder of Lab of Cell Regulation, USA. Marine Biology Laboratory, Alexey Khodjakov of Division of Molecular Medicine, USA. Marine Biology Laboratory
Publisher: SCIENCE
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