The Five Stages of Mitosis

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The Five Stages of Mitosis
Abstract
Cells are the basis of all living things. When normal cells become damaged or old, they die and are replaced by new cells. For reasons not yet fully understood, sometimes the genetic material in cells changes or becomes damaged, producing mutations that become cancer cells. Mitosis, a process of cell reproduction that produces identical daughter cells, is briefly discussed in its five phases of
interphase
, prophase, metaphase, anaphase, and
telophase
, with an overview of how cancer cells are formed. Risk factors for the three most common forms of cancer and a comparative rate of cancer cell growth, based on lab results and research, are noted. Understanding how cells divide and reproduce is essential...
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