3 Cells divide for three purposes: Growth of the organismRepair damaged structuresAsexual reproduction
4 The Cell Cycle - Mitosis A cell grows, prepares for division, and then divides into two new cells. These two new cells, called daughter cells, are identical to the parent cell because they have the same DNA as the parent cell.
5 3 stages of the Cell Cycle: InterphaseMitosisProphaseMetaphaseAnaphaseTelophaseCytokinesis
6 Interphase Cell spends most of its life in this phase The cell grows to its full sizeDNA is copied in the nucleus of the cellCell prepares to divide
15 Telophase 4th and last phase of Mitosis Chromosomes reach opposite poles of cellChromatids unwind back into chromatinNuclear membranes begins to form around the chromatin at each endSpindle fibers disappear