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1 College Prep Biology Mr. Martino
Chapter Meiosis College Prep Biology Mr. Martino

2 I. Introduction Germ Cells: develop into sex cells (sperm and egg)
Gametes: mature sex cells – sperm and egg

3 III. Sexual and Asexual Reproduction
Sexual Reproduction: reproductive process that includes the union of sperm and egg Two parents – each donate a complete set of genes Asexual Reproduction: production of offspring without the participation of sperm and egg Single parent Allele: unique form of the same gene (a gene)

4 IV. Meiosis Halves Chromosome Number
Meiosis: nuclear division that divides chromosomes twice Diploid number: (2n) pair of each type of chromosome Homologous chromosomes: both chromosomes of a pair Same length and shape Genes are for same traits Haploid number: (n) results from the second division of meiosis (sex cells)

5 Sister chromatids: two attached chromosomes
Once they pull apart, they are considered chromosomes Meiosis consists of 2 divisions: Meiosis I: DNA is replicated and divides Meiosis II: another cell division without more chromosome doubling

6 V. Stages of Meiosis Meiosis: the process that produces haploid gametes (sex cells) 2 consecutive divisions: meiosis I and meiosis II Meiosis II is essentially the same as mitosis 4 daughter cells produced Only 1 duplication of chromosomes, second division halves chromosome number

7 Interphase I Like interphase in mitosis
Each pair replicates forming a 4 chromatid structure

8 Prophase I Most complex phase of meiosis Lasts 90% of meiosis
homologous chromosomes form tetrads (4 chromatids)

9 Structure of a Tetrad Tetrad = structure consisting of 2 pairs of chromosomes 2 chromosomal pairs = 4 sister chromatids Visible during Prophase I only

10 Metaphase I Tetrads align on metaphase plate

11 Anaphase I Begins as homologous chromosomes (still attached at centromere) separate and move towards opposite poles Only tetrads are separated

12 Telophase I and Cytokinesis
Chromosomes arrive at opposite poles Cytokinesis results in 2 diploid cells No DNA replication occurs between meiosis I and meiosis II

13 Prophase II Chromosomes must condense again since there was a pause prior to meiosis II

14 Metaphase II Chromosomes are aligned at metaphase plate

15 Anaphase II Begins when centromeres of sisters chromatids separate

16 Telophase II and Cytokinesis
Nuclei form at opposite poles Cytokinesis occurs Forms 4 haploid daughter cells

17 VI. From Gametes to Offspring
Spermatogenesis: sperm formation results in 4 viable sperm Oogenesis: egg formation First meiotic division results in a polar body and a secondary oocyte Second division results in 3 polar bodies and 1 egg Polar bodies are reabsorbed – egg is viable

18 VII. Meiosis and Mitosis Compared
Chromosomes of both replicate only once Mitosis consists of one cell division and two diploid cells Meiosis entails two cell divisions and four haploid cells Mitosis and meiosis II are virtually identical

19 9.6 Meiosis Increases Genetic variation among offspring
Genetic variation – differences among the gene combinations in the offspring due to sexual reproduction Assortment of Chromosomes – the aligning of chromosomes during metaphase I is random; which results in many possible chromosome combinations


21 Crossing Over – the exchange of genetic material in between homologous chromosomes; during prophase I when tetrads are present

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