Meiosis is a process that body cells undergo that results in the production of gametes (sex cells). The male gamete is the sperm and the female gamete is the egg. When a cell undergoes meiosis, the end result is 4 gametes, with half as much genetic information (haploid). In this section, I talk about Chromosomes and genes and how the process of Meiosis plays a vital role in living things. I also go through the steps of Meiosis in some detail.
At the end, I talk about mistakes that can happen in Meiosis and how this can either lead to significant problems or (in some cases) benefits, depending on the organism involved.
This is part Chapter 10 in the textbook Biology: The Dynamics of Life, which is the chapter on Mendel and Meiosis.
- The Two Types of Cells
- Chromosomes and Genes
- Mistakes in Meiosis