Binary Fission

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Cell division that results in two equal-size daughter cells.

Just as "mitosis" is not an accurate description of how cells actually divide (but instead is a description of ), mitosis doesn't even apply to organisms that do not have a cell nucleus. By contrast, most cell divisions by most organisms in fact represent binary fissions.

Among a number of exceptions to the display binary fission as a form of cell division is the by the yeast, Saccharomyces . That is, in this case daughter cells are not of equivalent size and indeed one can different beetween the and that of the .

Note that the phrase 'binary fission' is not limited to describing cell division but can refer instead to the equal partitioning of any entity, such as a population of organisms into two equal-sized .