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 :
- Meiosis II :
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.
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.