What is binary fission?

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What is binary fission?
« on: 27/08/2009 14:30:03 »
Matthew Burnett asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hello Naked Scientists!

Would you be able to explain what binary fission is? I came across this term on the virology section and thought you might be able to explain briefly what this means!

Thank you!

What do you think?

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What is binary fission?
« Reply #1 on: 27/08/2009 16:26:59 »
Fission describes the act of a single item splitting into multiple items.  Binary just means two.  So binary fission is the term used to describe the act of a single item splitting into two separate items.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binary_fission
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What is binary fission?
« Reply #2 on: 28/08/2009 14:25:36 »
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