Most body cells in a human or animal divide, or reproduce, through mitosis. The stages of mitosis are prophase, prometaphase, metaphase, anaphase and telephase. During these stages, a cell duplicates its genetic content and then splits into two identical cells, allowing it to replace dead or dying cells.
Most human cells reproduce through mitosis, such as the cells that make up your hair, fingernails and skin.
Human somatic cells, or body cells, complete mitotic cell division in 30 to 90 minutes, according to Palomar College.
If mitotic cell division is not properly controlled by genes, illnesses such as cancer may develop, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Sex cells, including ova and sperm, reproduce through a different process, called meiosis. Meiosis occurs in the testes in males and in the ovaries in females. Meiosis allows for variation in genetic material, unlike mitosis.