The Case of the Dividing Cell
Mitosis and Meiosis in the Cellular Court
Department of Biological Sciences
University at Buffalo
The Honorable Judge Cellular is presiding over the case of The State vs.Egg Cell Number 6624223. As the prosecuting attorney calls each witness to the stand and the courtroom drama unfolds, students learn about the stages of mitosis and meiosis and their particular characteristics, and how cell division in prokaryotes differs from that in eukaryotes. The case is suited to an introductory biology course and would also work well in high school biology classes.
- To learn the stages of mitosis and meiosis and their particular characteristics.
- To learn how cell division in prokaryotes differs from that in eukaryotes.
- To learn how somatic cells produce diploid clones of themselves whereas germ cells produce haploid gametes.
- To learn how variation is achieved in gamete development.
KeywordsCell division; meiosis; mitosis; interphase; prophase; metaphase; anaphase; telophase; diploid; haploid; prokaryote; eukaryote; chromatid; germ cell; gamete
Educational LevelHigh school, Undergraduate lower division
Type / MethodsDirected
Subject HeadingsBiology (General) | Cell Biology |