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No cytokinesis after mitosis in some animals?

  1. Jun 6, 2007 #1
    this biology book I'm reading says that, in some animals (insects) and fungi, cytokinesis does not follow mitosis and you end up with a cell with more than one nucleus. :confused:

    what are some examples? ... are these just certain types of cells within the animal? I'm guessing it would have to be or else the insect would be one giant cell :tongue:
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2007
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  3. Jun 7, 2007 #2


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    Yes, that happens. Such a cell is called a syncytium: all the nuclei are in a single cytoplasm.
  4. Jun 7, 2007 #3
    cool thanks, I'll check that out. I vaguely remember seeing it in plant cells or a picture of a plant cell with two nuclei once, but I never knew it had a name and that it happened in animals and fungi.
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