Stages of Mitosis

Amy Temple and Trevor Stevens

Interphase

This is where the cell spends most of its time prepping for cell division as it grows in size.

Prophase

This is the first phase of Mitosis. In this process the genetic material separates into the nucleus of a parent cell and then into two daughter cells.

Metaphase

This is the second stage of Mitosis. During Metaphase the spindle fully develops and the chromosomes align at the metaphase plate.

Anaphase

This is the third stage of mitosis. In anaphase, the paired chromosomes separate and move to opposite ends of the cell. Each of the daughter cells are now haploids.

Telophase

Chromatids arrive at opposite poles of the cell, and new membranes from around the daughter nuclei. The chromosomes disperse and are no longer visible under the light microscope.

Cytokinesis

Analogous to mitosis where two complete daughter cells form