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What are the stages of the cell cycle in order?

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The stages of the cell cycle in order are interphase, prophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase. This process is known as mitosis and is used to generate new cells.

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The cell cycle contains six main stages:

  • Interphase is the resting stage of a cell. The replication of DNA occurs during the S phase of this stage.
  • Prophase is the stage where the chromosomes become visible and the nuclear membrane dissolves. Centrioles form and move to opposite sides.
  • Metaphase is the stage where the chromosomes line up in the center of the cell.
  • Anaphase is the stage where the cell begins to divide, and spindles shorten and pull chromotids apart.
  • Telophase is the stage where cytokinesis finishes and the nuclear membrane reforms. Two new cells are fully formed by the end of this stage.
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