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What is the difference between mitosis and meiosis?
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Mitosis is cell division. It occurs in order to produce two daughter cells that are genetically identical to the mother cell. Meiosis occurs in order to produce the gametes. In meiosis, the number of chromosomes are halved, making the cell a haploid cell.
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Mitosis involves a single round of cell division (how most body cells divide) into 2 identical cells (diploid division), whereas Meiosis is two rounds of cell division into 4 cells containing half the total genetic information of the original cell - this is known as `haploid` division, predominantly occurring in our ex cells (sperm, egg). The 4 cells are not identical, they contain variations.

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Answered by Chloe | 2 years ago
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Short answer is one cell division versus two cell divisions.

Mitosis produces 2 daughter cells (pairs of chromosomes per cell)
Meiosis produces 4 daughter cells (single set of chromosomes per cell)

The rest of the explanation will take a substantial amount of time.

Meiosis is used to produce gametes, Mitosis for growth and repair.

The information given can be very different in plants due to what`s known as polyploidy.
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