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Metaphase

During metaphase, the spindle is fully developed and the chromosomes are positioned at the equatorial plane. The characteristic number of chromosomes within each species is usually counted in this phase. At the equatorial plane, there is a homologous chromosome for every chromosome. These two cells show the chromosomes in blue, the developing spindles in green, and actin distribution within the cell in red.

Metaphase images acquired using the confocal microscope. Click each image to view a high-resolution, 24-bit TIFF.
Prophase Sample #1Prophase Sample #2


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