Cellular Basics

Cell Division

What is meiosis?

Meiosis is often referred to as reduction division, meaning that the number of chromosomes present is reduced from 2N (diploid) to N (haploid). The meiotic process consists of two separate cell divisions and occurs in the gonads (female ovaries and male testes). It is important to sexual reproduction because of the genetic variation that occurs as a result of this process.


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