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What is the key difference between mitosis in plant cells and mitosis in animal cells?

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November 04, 2009 9:48PM

There are two key differences.

1) In animal cells, there are centrioles that pull on the spindle fibers at the left and right poles of the cell during metaphase. Centrioles do not exist in plant cells.

2) When a cell ends telophase and reenters into interphase, plant and animal cells vary. Plant cells form a plate or wall in the center of it's cytoplasm to divide and eventually break apart the cell into two. Animal cells squeeze inward until they pinch apart into two.