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Prometaphase - illustration

A cell in prometaphase during mitosis: The nuclear membrane breaks apart, and the spindle starts to interact with the chromosomes. Mitosis is responsible for growth and development, as well as for replacing injured or worn out cells throughout the body. For simplicity, mitosis is illustrated here with only six chromosomes.

Illustration courtesy of Judith Stoffer and NIGMS (National Institute of General Medical Sciences).



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