Ode to Mitosis

Ode to Mitosis

Mitosis is a process

For One cell to become Two

There are Four distinct phases

Happening within You

First comes Prophase

The Chromatin strands condense

They now become visible

Through a microscope lens

Next comes Metaphase

The important Stage Two

Chromosomes attach to Spindle Fiber

Using Molecular Glue

Then comes Anaphase

It’s really quite sad

Sister Chromatids separate

To opposite poles- too bad 😦

Finally, it’s Telophase

Nuclear membranes reform

Spindle fibers disperse

And Two new cells are born.

Poem: Playfully plagiarized, willfully altered and spell-checked from the original “reallygoodpoetry” at http://goo.gl/OVTvb

Images: Gifs from http://infinity-imagined.tumblr.com/page/4

Watch original movie here: http://goo.gl/7HjG7


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80 Responses to Ode to Mitosis

  1. U-Ming Lee says:

    I only wish I’d read this poem when I first tried to study this in high school.

  2. No love for Meiosis? 🙂

  3. Rajini Rao says:

    The editor in me could not leave the original “pome” alone 🙂

    What rhymes with Meiosis? 🙂

  4. Wesley Yeoh says:

    You make bio class fun :DDD

  5. Wesley Yeoh

    This is what i wanted to say. Thanks.

  6. Rajini Rao Mitosis rhymes with meiosis 🙂

  7. Rajini Rao says:

    Víktor Bautista i Roca , duh, right! I’ll put my rhyming cap on and come up with an addendum 🙂

  8. reminds me of my old Biology classes… good one….

  9. Best science poetry 🙂 you should add a tag for it, very unique 🙂

  10. Rajini Rao Osmosis also rhymes with Meiosis, but I don’t know where you could take that. So do psychosis and schlerosis. I don’t think I’m helping…

  11. Would that so much of what is misunderstood Science be so simply, accurately, colorfully and cleverly put!  Thanks, Rajini Rao 

  12. Rajini Rao says:

    Akinola Emmanuel , raising the bar on me! Including psychosis and sclerosis with meiosis will be a fun challenge 🙂

  13. Samia Elsaid says:

    Thought I m not that into much but I really enjoyed that poem!! Wish science would b taught like that!! Kids would love it !! The gif is more than eye catching. Thnx a lot for the beautiful share Rajini Rao

  14. May I humbly suggest a reproduction of this on your FB page, Rajini Rao ?

  15. Rajini Rao says:

    Glad you enjoyed it, I can never tire of seeing cells divide. There is so much organization and synchrony involved.

  16. Rajini Rao says:

    William McGarvey , Facebook does not support gifs 😦

    I could link to this, let me try.

  17. Oooh, fun to see!  Kids in school should see this kind of animation to make it come alive for them.

  18. Why didn’t you teach me this in school so beautifully (??)…going to like biology now..:D

    Very nice and thanks for sharing!

  19. Rajini Rao says:

    Jitendra Mulay there will be a quiz later 😉

  20. Nearly fell bad for Anaphase.. nearly. Lovely poem!

  21. Mary T says:

    Completely awesome Rajini Rao ;D.

  22. Yhya Zakrya says:

    I also wrote about the combination of sex chromosomes. Because the either combine xx or xy ? why?

  23. Rajini Rao says:

    Yhya Zakrya , there is a special form of mitosis that takes place in the germ cells: the ones that form the egg and sperm. There is a step called meiosis, in which the number of chromosomes is halved. If this were not done, then when the egg and sperm fuse the resulting embryo would have twice as many chromosomes! Before a sperm is formed, the X and Y pair up, and one sperm cell gets the X and the other gets the Y. Since the female has two X chromosomes, all her eggs will get an X. Hope this makes sense!

    I really should add a poem for meiosis 🙂

  24. Rajini Rao says:

    agu monkey it’s a time lapse so it must have been sped up, but I don’t know how much. The original video in the link says that the time interval is 7 seconds, perhaps that means every 7 seconds is one frame? In any case, mitosis occurs at different rates in different cells, but can be pretty quick (under an hour).

  25. Rajini Rao says:

    This is one of my favorite videos of cell division in a Drosophila embryo. The nuclei divide every 8 minutes. Music by Jean Michel Jarre, Oxygene. Enjoy! https://plus.google.com/u/0/114601143134471609087/posts/BNcpEXjbs2m

  26. Love it!  I bet this will help my students remember the phases. 

  27. agu monkey says:

    Rajini Rao Thanks. Thinking that such complex molecules could unfold and restructure themselves in a second made me dizzy.

    +1 for music videos featuring Oxygene.

  28. Gretchen S. says:

    “Oh, Sis” rhymes with meiosis, and a sister is created through meiosis!

    Perhaps it’s easier to find a rhyme for haploid.

  29. Rajini Rao says:

    Gretchen S. , help, I’m stuck. I should crowd-source this rhyme. This is as far as I got 🙂

    Osmosis, psychosis, sclerosis

    Are all fine and dandy

    But the process of Meiosis, the step before Mitosis

    Is really quite handy


    When an egg and sperm unite

    Their chromosomes will double

    Without meiotic foresight, genes would get too tight

    And the nucleus in serious trouble

  30. Where’s Shiv Pillai when you need him!?

  31. I will come back later to read the final version Rajini Rao, my rhymer is broken today. This is a nice fun way to learn and is very creative.

  32. excellent. you keep me coming back to google +

  33. Rajini Rao says:

    Martin Geoffrey Lake , the camera is a fluorescence microscope, specifically a type known as laser scanning confocal microscope. See here for details: http://goo.gl/7HjG7

  34. prem mundada says:

    I’m a science graduate!

  35. gonna copy that that, is that in gif format?

  36. Rajini Rao says:

    rodel catajay , yes it’s a gif. Just drag it out or copy/paste. Use the source info in my post for crediting the gif, thanks.

  37. its easier this way to remember, is there another one for meiosis 🙂

  38. Rajini Rao says:

    guruprasad .g.l , I got partway through a meiosis rhyme and then got stuck. I need inspiration 🙂

  39. “… whenever I wear my sandals, I worry about My-Toesis…”  (Just a silly thought:  sometimes a horrid pun in rhyme might be memorable.)

  40. Rajini Rao says:

    William McGarvey , haha! There were similar rhymes in ScienceSunday’s reshare of this post 🙂

  41. Awesome description, but Interphase should have also been included since it’s a major part or Cell Division… 🙂

  42. Rajini Rao says:

    Sunite Lauchande Interphase is part of the Cell Cycle but not of Mitosis 😉 


  43. Rajini Rao I know, but sometimes some people only consider Mitosis and Miosis as the only steps within the Cell Cycle, Interphase as well as many other smaller steps such as Cytokinesis are involved too

  44. Rajini Rao says:

    That’s an excellent point, Sunite Lauchande . Mitosis is so flashy! People forget that most of a cell’s life time is spent in Interphase: Go, G1, S, G2..only then comes the M of Mitosis. Technically though, not even cytokinesis is part of mitosis. In some embryos, mitosis happens so fast that it takes time for cytokinesis to catch up.

  45. Interesting, you learn something new everyday 🙂

  46. Nimrod Milo says:

    This is a great video

  47. That’s Amazing. I have realized that there is no difference between art, science & creativity.

  48. rob M. says:

    really gr8 😉 i agree w/ everyone who relates to the education perspective: if science classes had more exciting or “kid” oriented paradigm, there would be millions more school kids getting interested in arts/sciences.

    I worked as a CG artist when some producers & marketing folks were thinking of “mining” the kids-interactive market & unfortunately, they kept saying: ‘we have to try this as “edu-tainment.”  – YEAH it was indeed creepy !  However, the fact still remains that education leaves too many kids in the cold re: math/arts/sciences.

  49. rob M. says:

    are yall familiar w/ Ken Robinson’s brilliant TED talks re: how to educate kids in a more inspiring, healthy methodology ? OK: ENJOY, ..video is only a few minutes, trust me u’ll want to checkout K.Robinson if u have not so far -> [“adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education & creativity expert..recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award”]  http://youtu.be/zDZFcDGpL4U

  50. Rajini Rao says:

    Thanks, rob M. , for the link. Will check it out!

  51. rob M., Yes, I was not interested in many subjects other than few subjects like science, if such paradigm were there in my school that might not happen in my school life. 

  52. Arnav Kalra says:

    Awesome gif. This stuff should be taught in schools.

  53. Rajini Rao says:

    Arnav Kalra , have not seen you in a while 🙂 Yes, teachers should make liberal use of movies and gifs in the classroom!

  54. Arnav Kalra says:

    That was because I’d left Google plus. Just came to take a look and saw this.

    They do make use of movies but most of them are really bad and not useful imo.

  55. Susan LaDuke says:

    Excellent video & awesome poem. I was very lucky to have several outstanding bio profs who also made the subject fun – nothing wrong with making it exciting to learn.

  56. Nerdvana says:

    Ode! I just stepped on a nail, and mitosis killing me!

  57. Reminds me of days when  i taught Biology to Sophomores of Yap SDA school…. 

  58. I like all your posts,and teachings thank you.

  59. 1 0 says:

    Colour is truly magnetising….It’s how one sees it!

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