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What are the similarities between binary fission and mitosis?

Posted November 30, 2023


One similarity is that they are processes which occur in living organisms. As examples, mitosis occurs in animals and plants, while binary fission occurs in archaea and bacteria. Another similarity is that cytokinesis is a step required in both types of division. Additionally, in both types of division, 2 genetically identical daughter cells are formed from a parent cell. They also maintain the same number of chromosomes. They are also both vital processes for the cell. Mitosis is involved in the growth, repair, and asexual reproduction of cells, while binary fission is the mode of reproduction in single-celled prokaryotes.  

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