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The stages of meiosis

Meiosis is split into two cell divisions. Both parts of meiosis have the same stages as mitosis (e.g. prophase, anaphase).

  • Meiosis I :
  • During meiosis I, pairs of homologous chromosomes are separated. This is different to mitosis, where sister chromatids are separated.

    Homologous pairs are pulled to opposite ends of the cell and the cell divides, forming two cells.

  • Meiosis II :
  • During meiosis II, a second round of cell division occurs without replication. Unlike meiosis I, sister chromatids are separated as in mitosis. Meiosis II forms four cells with half as much genetic information as the parent cells.

This diagram illustrates the main events of meiosis.
This diagram illustrates the main events of meiosis.