What type of cells undergo mitosis?
Credit:Ed ReschkeOxford ScientificGetty Images
Q:

What type of cells undergo mitosis?

A:

Quick Answer

Somatic cells go through the process of mitosis. The Genetics Home Reference website defines a somatic cell as any cell that is not an egg cell or sperm cell.

 Know More

Full Answer

Mitosis is the process of cell division. During this process, a cell copies its DNA and divides into two daughter cells. These daughter cells are identical to the original cell. Mitosis occurs in five different phases: prophase, metaphase, anaphase, telophase and interphase. The first two phases help the cell get ready to divide. Cell division begins in anaphase and ends in telophase. During interphase, the cell is resting and getting ready to undergo the process of mitosis sometime in the future.

Learn more about Cells

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Why are most cells undergoing mitosis in the root tip?

    A:

    The majority of cells at the tip of a plant's root are under going mitosis because mitosis allows the root to grow longer. Cell division at the root tip continuously adds new cells to the end of the root causing elongation.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    During what phase of mitosis are daughter cells produced?

    A:

    The division of a parent cell into two identical daughter cells does not occur during any of the phases of mitosis. Rather, this physical separation occurs during cytokinesis, a process that takes place right after mitosis.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What makes onion roots ideal for studying mitosis?

    A:

    Onion roots are ideal for studying mitosis because onions have larger chromosomes than most plants, making the observation of cells easier. The roots of plants also continue to grow as they continue to search for water and nutrients. This also makes it easy to find cells in the roots of onion plants at different stages of mitosis.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a unique characteristic of mitosis?

    A:

    A unique characteristic of mitosis is that it produces two genetically identical daughter cells from the parent cell. This characteristic is critically important to the development of living organisms as it helps the body grow and repair cells in a highly efficient way.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore