Help yourself to learn the anatomy of cell cycles using these free and printable labeled cell diagrams! These 101 Diagramss are designed to guide you in studying the cell cycle structure. If you ever watched a caterpillar turn into a butterfly, you’d probably be familiar with the idea of life cycle. All living entities have a life cycle: a series of developmental steps that an individual goes through from the time it is born until the time it reproduces. This life cycle is usually illustrated using a life or cell cycle diagram like the one we have right below.
The cell cycle diagram above shows the steps of a cell or life cycle. A cell must complete several important tasks: it must grow, copy its genetic material (DNA), and physically split into two daughter cells. Cells perform these tasks in an organized, predictable series of steps that make up the cell cycle. The cell cycle is a cycle, rather than a linear pathway, because at the end of each go-round, the two daughter cells can start the exact same process over again from the beginning. In eukaryotic cells, or cells with a nucleus, the stages of the cell cycle are divided into two major phases: interphase and the mitotic (M) phase. You can look for more of the details in the following cell diagrams.
During the mitotic phase, the replicated DNA and cytoplasmic contents are separated, and the cell divides. Meanwhile, during interphase, the cell undergoes normal growth processes while also preparing for cell division. In order for a cell to move from interphase into the mitotic phase, many internal and external conditions must be met. The three stages of interphase are called G1, S, and G2. Just like the figures below.
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