What is the main difference between Mitosis and Meiosis

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Well, the main difference between Mitosis and Meiosis is the end product of their respective division.

Now the end product of Mitosis is a daughter cell that has the SAME number of chromosomes as the parent cell. That is, a parent cell starts with "2n" chromosomes (this is known as a diploid), and the daughter cell has the SAME number!

While in Meiosis, the daughter cell has HALF the number of chromosomes as the parent cell. So if the a parent cell starts with "2n" chromosomes (this is known as a diploid), then the daughter cell will have HALF that number; that is, 2n/2 = ''n'' chromosomes (this is known as a haploid).

So, Mitosis = SAME numeber of chromosomes

      Meiosis = HALF the number of Chromosomes

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