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By the end of this section, you will be able to:
  • Describe the stages of the cell cycle
  • Discuss how the cell cycle is regulated
  • Describe the implications of losing control over the cell cycle
  • Describe the stages of mitosis and cytokinesis, in order

So far in this chapter, you have read numerous times of the importance and prevalence of cell division. While there are a few cells in the body that do not undergo cell division (such as gametes, red blood cells, most neurons, and some muscle cells), most somatic cells divide regularly. A somatic cell    is a general term for a body cell, and all human cells, except for the cells that produce eggs and sperm (which are referred to as germ cells), are somatic cells. Somatic cells contain two copies of each of their chromosomes (one copy received from each parent). A homologous    pair of chromosomes is the two copies of a single chromosome found in each somatic cell. The human is a diploid    organism, having 23 homologous pairs of chromosomes in each of the somatic cells. The condition of having pairs of chromosomes is known as diploidy.

Cells in the body replace themselves over the lifetime of a person. For example, the cells lining the gastrointestinal tract must be frequently replaced when constantly “worn off” by the movement of food through the gut. But what triggers a cell to divide, and how does it prepare for and complete cell division? The cell cycle    is the sequence of events in the life of the cell from the moment it is created at the end of a previous cycle of cell division until it then divides itself, generating two new cells.

The cell cycle

One “turn” or cycle of the cell cycle consists of two general phases: interphase, followed by mitosis and cytokinesis. Interphase is the period of the cell cycle during which the cell is not dividing. The majority of cells are in interphase most of the time. Mitosis is the division of genetic material, during which the cell nucleus breaks down and two new, fully functional, nuclei are formed. Cytokinesis divides the cytoplasm into two distinctive cells.


A cell grows and carries out all normal metabolic functions and processes in a period called G 1 ( [link] ). G 1 phase    (gap 1 phase) is the first gap, or growth phase in the cell cycle. For cells that will divide again, G 1 is followed by replication of the DNA, during the S phase. The S phase    (synthesis phase) is period during which a cell replicates its DNA.

Cell cycle

This figure shows the different stages of the cell cycle. The G0 phase where the cells are not actively dividing is also labeled.
The two major phases of the cell cycle include mitosis (cell division), and interphase, when the cell grows and performs all of its normal functions. Interphase is further subdivided into G 1 , S, and G 2 phases.

After the synthesis phase, the cell proceeds through the G 2 phase. The G 2 phase    is a second gap phase, during which the cell continues to grow and makes the necessary preparations for mitosis. Between G 1 , S, and G 2 phases, cells will vary the most in their duration of the G1 phase. It is here that a cell might spend a couple of hours, or many days. The S phase typically lasts between 8-10 hours and the G 2 phase approximately 5 hours. In contrast to these phases, the G 0 phase    is a resting phase of the cell cycle. Cells that have temporarily stopped dividing and are resting (a common condition) and cells that have permanently ceased dividing (like nerve cells) are said to be in G 0 .

Questions & Answers

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