FRANCIS LEROY & OLIVIER WAUTIER, BIOCOSMOS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY FRANCIS LEROY & OLIVIER WAUTIER, BIOCOSMOS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Binary fission. Animation showing a bacterium in the last stages of binary fission. Binary fission is a form of asexual reproduction where two daughter cells are formed from one parent cell. Once the DNA (deoxyribonuclic acid) has been replicated and moved to separate ends of the cell a new cell wall starts to grow across the centre of the cell. Once the cell wall is complete the daughter cells separate.
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