Biology 2010 Student Edition

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 9780133669510
ISBN 13: 978-0-13366-951-0

Chapter 10, Cell Growth and Division - 10.2 - The Process of Cell Division - 10.2 Assessment - Page 284: 2a


The cell cycle is a process the cell goes through as it grows, prepares to go through cell division, and, finally, to undergo cell division.

Work Step by Step

In prokaryotic cells, the cell cycle is not as clear-cut as in eukaryotic cells. Prokaryotic cells grow to a certain size before they begin DNA replication. When DNA replication is almost complete, the cell starts to divide. Eukaryotic cell cycles go through a series of stages that are defined by what is going on within the cell. These stages include interphase (the time during which the cell grows, replicates its DNA, and makes more organelles), prophase, metaphase, anaphase, and telophase.
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