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Biology: Chapter 8.3

Chapter 8.3 Vocabulary

Synapsis the pairing of homologous chromosomes, which does not occur in mitosis
Tetrad each pair of homologous chromosomes
Crossing-Over portions of chromatids may break off and attach to adjacent chromatids on the homologous chromosome - a process called this; permits the exchange of genetic material between maternal and paternal chromosomes
Genetic Recombination the result of crossing-over, because a new mixture of genetic material is created
Independent Assortment the random separation of the homologous chromosomes; results in genetic variation
Spermatogenesis the production of sperm cells
Oogenesis the production of mature egg cells, or ova; a diploid reproductive cell divides meiotically to produce one mature egg cell (ovum)
Polar Body the other three products of meiosis that eventually degenerate
Sexual Reproduction the production of offspring through meiosis and the union of a sperm and egg
Created by: truongm19