Cell Division: Mitosis and Cytokinesis

Producer: Cytographics Pty., Ltd.

After distinguishing mitosis (nuclear division) from cytokinesis (cell division), this video shows several live animal (newt lung) cells undergoing mitosis, and a 3D animation illustrates how the mitotic spindle is assembled. All phases of mitosis are shown and discussed in detail. The relationship between cell division and morphogenesis is introduced by showing several single-celled organisms that differentiate into complex shapes after every division. Other types of cells remain together after division to form simple multicellular organisms. These two abilities are required for embryogenesis. Two examples (in frogs and zebrafish) show how repeated cycles of cell division and differentiation transform the ball of cells created by these divisions into recognisable embryos. Embryonic development and cell growth are also covered, while meiosis, the process whereby the cell nucleus divides to form sex cells, is graphically depicted. Accompanied by Instructor’s Guide.


Year of production: 1999
Running time: 20 mins.
Price: US$60.00