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Hey, my question might be pretty straightforward but it has caused some problems doing the past papers in Bio. Is cytokinesis a part of mitosis according to syllabus? Its very confusing because some books state that it is and some that it is not. While the newer textbooks say that cytokinesis occurs AFTER the cytokinesis and it is not a part of mitosis when I did the past papers (2010 or 2009 I think) there was such a question in Papers 1 and according to the answer it actually is part of mitosis.

Could anyone shine some light on the topic?

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Cytoinesis is actually occurring after mitosis, it is related to but not part of mitosis, This is according to my current bio textbook i am not sure about the syllabus. I suggest since youre solving a past paper to check the marking scheme and see whats the correct answer.

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Yeah, my text book says exactly the same but the marking scheme says its a part of mitosis. Now since this test is form 2009 ( I think) maybe the changed so that now cytokenisis stands on its own. Thats why I pose the question :S

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I just did a past paper (may 2010) with the question "describe the events that occur during mitosis" and the mark scheme didn't mention cytokinesis so I don't think so :)

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i agree. sometimes it is hard to agree on what belongs where, particularly because these processes are soo small and hardly visible. cytokinesis should be separate from mitosis though. it is the act of separation of cytoplasm to form two daughter cells.

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