Watch these chromosomes move!

21 Oct

Mitosis allows all living things to grow and reproduce. The genetic material inside of a parent cell is duplicated so that it can then be distributed equally into two daughter cells.

This spectacular video showing mitosis in action inside of a newt’s lung cell was created by E.D. Salmon and Vicki Skeen at the Salmon Lab, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The video is used with permission. See more of their videos at


One Response to “Watch these chromosomes move!”


  1. Genetic math: Is Ben Stiller his parents? Or his own damn self? « Genetics & Parenthood - June 16, 2011

    […] time the cell gets ready to divide and makes a whole brand-new copy of its chromosomes, stuff happens. There are little mutations, rearrangements or insertions that occur as the genome is transcribed, […]

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