LabBench Activity

Observing Mitosis in a Living Cell

The cell cycle is something like a dance routine or football play — it is a process that runs continuously, but it is possible to stop the action at any point for analysis. From a "dead" collection of cells on a lab slide, it may be hard for you to grasp the dynamics of mitosis. Here is a movie clip of mitosis in a plant cell. As you view the clip, try to identify each stage of cell division. Then proceed to Analysis of Results I to calculate the length of time for each stage.

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