3 Oct 07 - Meiosis During sexual reproduction a sperm(male...

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Meiosis During sexual reproduction, a sperm (male reproductive cell) and an egg (female reproductive cell) unite to form a new individual, a process called fertilization .
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The process of meiosis results in the formation of ___________. A. two haploid daughter cells B. cells with fewer chromosomes than are found in the nucleus of the parent cell C. somatic daughter cells with half the number of chromosomes found in the parent cell D. four genetically identical daughter cells E. none of the above
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KEY CONCEPTS Each cell (gamete) produced by meiosis receives a different combination of chromosomes . receives a different complement of genes . Meiosis insures that offspring are genetically distinct from each other and from their parents . offspring (other than identical twins) have a different set of genes from each other, and offspring have different sets of genes from their parents
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Meiosis is nuclear division that precedes formation of gametes (egg and sperm) and Meiosis results in the halving of the chromosome number : 2n chromosomes n chromosomes (Diploid Haploid)
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