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Mitosis and meiosis are two processes that cells use to reproduce.
Mitosis is a process where one cell divides into two identical daughter cells. Meiosis, on the other hand, is a process where one cell divides into four genetically different daughter cells. Cells can use either mitosis or meiosis depending on the species of organism they belong to and what their life cycle needs are. For example, some organisms need to produce lots of offspring quickly in order to survive (such as bacteria).
These types of organisms will typically only use mitosis because it produces many copies faster than meiosis does. On the other hand, an organism like a human cannot go through mitosis anymore after puberty but still has plenty of time left before death; in this case, meiosis is a better option because it produces genetically different offspring.
The difference between mitosis and meiosis can be seen in the number of daughter cells each process creates:
Mitosis produces two identical daughter cells while Meiosis produces four genetically different offspring. The speed at which both processes work also varies depending on what an organism needs; some organisms need to reproduce quickly (such as bacteria), so they only use mitosis, whereas humans prefer to use Meiosis when given the choice. This ensures that genetic diversity isn’t lost over time due to cut-and-paste reproduction like it would if we used mitosis exclusively for our species.
Mitosis is where one cell divides into two identical copies of itself Mitosis is a type of cell division that takes place in all organisms.
It involves the two chromosomes from each parent splitting down the middle and then distributing to form identical cells, or daughter cells. Mitosis produces genetically identical offspring and allows for more rapid growth than meiosis does because it doesn’t require DNA replication or chromosome segregation into copies. Meiosis is another type of cell division that also occurs in some animals.