Cell Cycle

Cell Cycle

At a glance


Essential skills

  • The cell cycle features some tricky, easily confusable terminology. Don’t mix up words like quiescence and senescence, or CDK and cyclin, or centromere and centrosome.


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • Prokaryotic growth curve and division

  • Eukaryotic cell cycle, stages and checkpoints

  • Mitosis

  • Cancer


On the MCAT

  • Prokaryotic growth and division are much less tested than eukaryotic.

  • This test loves cancer and questions that involve cell cycle problems with respect to cancer. Make sure you have a list of cancer’s defining characteristics and are careful when reading cancer graphs!


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