What are the features of meiosis?
Posted November 30, 2023
One feature of meiosis is that it takes place in the reproductive organs of organisms and results in the production of gametes. Meiosis results in the generation of 4 daughter cells for each cycle of cell division. Each daughter cell is haploid, and has half the number of chromosomes as the parent cell. Processes such as recombination and segregation occur during meiosis, which contribute to genetic diversity of species and subsequently natural selection. Meiosis occurs in two parts: meiosis I and meiosis II. During meiosis I, the number of cells is doubled but the chromosomes are reduced, resulting in half as many chromosomes per cell. In meiosis II, the division is very similar to mitosis in that sister chromatids separate during anaphase. The only difference is that the chromosome numbers are different.