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Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments by Barbara Barbara Fritchman Thompson Thompson, Robert Robert Bruce Thompson Thompson

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Chapter 19. Investigating Cell Division

Equipment and Materials

You’ll need the following items to complete this lab session. (The standard kit for this book, available from www.thehomescientist.com, includes the items listed in the first group.)

Materials from Kit

  • None

Materials You Provide

  • Microscope (oil-immersion if available)

  • Prepared slide: plant mitosis (onion tip)

  • Prepared slide: animal mitosis (optional)

Background

The cell division cycle (or cell cycle) is a fundamental biological process. To understand genetics and reproduction, you must first understand cell division. Prokaryotes use simple binary fission, during which one cell splits in two to form two identical cells. The cell cycle in eukaryotes, which we investigate in this lab session, ...

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