2Why do cells divide, rather than continually grow forever? The larger a cell becomes, the more demands the cell places of its DNA.The cell also has more trouble moving enough nutrients and wastes across the cell membrane.
3Division of the Cell Before it becomes too large, a growing cell divides forming two “daughter cells.”The process by which a cell divides into new daughter cells is called cell division.Before cell division occurs, the cell replicates, or copies, all of its DNA. Thus, each daughter cell gets one complete set of genetic information.
4Cell Division Cell division is complex and occurs in 2 main stages: Mitosis-division of cell nucleusCytokinesis-division of cytoplasmGenetic information is carried by chromosomes.Before cell division each chromosome is replicated, or copied forming two identical sister “chromatids,” which will be separated from each other when the cell divides.
5During the cell cycle, the following happens: The cell cycle is a series of events that cells go through as they grow and divide.During the cell cycle, the following happens:Cell grows (interphase)Cell prepares for division (interphase)Cell divides to form 2 daughter cells (each of which further divide) (cell division)
6Events of the Cell Cycle InterphaseG1 phaseCell grows (increases in size and makes new proteins and organelles)S phaseReplication of chromosomes/DNA synthesizedG2 phaseOrganelles and molecules needed for cell division produced.
8Mitosis (M phase)When the events of the G2 phase are completed, the cell is ready to enter the M phase and begin cell division.The events of mitosis are divided into four phases:ProphaseMetaphaseAnaphaseTelophase
9Prophase 1st phase of mitosis where: Centrioles take their place at opposite sides of the cellSpindle fibers formChromatin coils to form chromosomesNuclear envelope breaks down