Mammoth Memory

Remembering mitosis

Mitosis is a type of cell division that produces two new cells that are identical to each other and to the parent cell. It is the type of cell division that is used for growth, the repair of damaged tissue and the replacement of old worn out cells.

Memory aid to remember direct copies of cells are produced

My toesies (mitosis) are all the same size on two identical feet (two identical cells).


Humans have 46 chromosomes. When mitosis takes place, the 46 chromosomes inside the cell are copied exactly. When the cell divides into two identical daughter cells, each daughter cell receives 46 chromosomes each.

Definition of ‘diploid’.

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