Difference Between Mitosis and Meiosis

QuestionsDifference Between Mitosis and Meiosis
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Mitosis Meiosis
Purpose Asexual cell division, for growth and repair Sexual cell division, for reproduction
Number of divisions One division (produces two identical daughter cells) Two divisions (produces four genetically diverse daughter cells)
Number of chromosomes Daughter cells have the same number of chromosomes as the parent cell Daughter cells have half the number of chromosomes as the parent cell
Synapsis No synapsis occurs Synapsis occurs during Prophase I
Crossing over No crossing over occurs Crossing over occurs during Prophase I
Genetic variation No genetic variation is produced Genetic variation is produced due to crossing over and random assortment of chromosomes during metaphase I
Role in organism Used for growth, repair, and asexual reproduction Used for sexual reproduction and generating genetic diversity in the offspring