Mitosis What is the purpose of mitosis for an organism?

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Mitosis is a process wherein a cell (eukaryotic cell) separates its chromosomes into two identical sets thus forming new cells. It is a part of cell cycle. Its main purpose is for growth and development of an organism. During the growth of the cell, mitosis takes place. For example in...

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Mitosis is a process wherein a cell (eukaryotic cell) separates its chromosomes into two identical sets thus forming new cells. It is a part of cell cycle. Its main purpose is for growth and development of an organism. During the growth of the cell, mitosis takes place. For example in plants, mitotic cell division occurs in the roots, shoots, xylem and phloem. During its development, when cells do mitosis, it forms a group of cells which are now called tissues and then organs will develop.

 

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