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Meiosis - Variabilty and Fertilization

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Eukayotic cells can divide by mitosis or meiosis. In humans, mitosis produces new cells for growth and repair; meiosis produes sex cells (gametes) called sperm and eggs.

How do both meiosis and sexual reproduction produce offspring that differ genetically form the parents?

Explain which steps in meiosis increase variability as well as the process of fertilization.

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This solution explains how meiosis produces offspring genetically different from the parents and from each other.

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Meiosis maintains genetic diversity (makes offspring different from parents) in three ways:

a) Genetic recombination: the exchange of genetic ...

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