Middle prophase of mitosis, LM

Middle prophase of mitosis, LM

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This image is part of the sequence Animals: cell division (mitosis) in a whitefish cell

Credit: MICHAEL ABBEY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Middle prophase of mitosis. (Image 2 of 13). Light micrograph of a whitefish cell (Coregonus sp.) undergoing cell division (mitosis). The cell is in the middle prophase (first) stage of mitosis. Individual chromosomes can be seen within the cell as black thread-like structures (centre). During prophase, the chromosomes become progressively shorter and fatter, and a tubular structure known as the spindle forms across the cell (not visible here). The spindle will later help each chromosome to split and divide, forming two 'daughter' nuclei at either end of the cell. For a sequence showing mitosis, see images P673/069-081. Magnification: x900 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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Keywords: biology, cell division, cells, chromosomes, coloured, coregonus sp., dividing, false-colour, false-coloured, histology, light micrograph, light microscope, middle prophase, mitosis, mitotic, one, pink, replicating, reproduction, sequence, single, whitefish cell

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