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Real Basic Q on Meosis

Discussion in 'MCAT Study Question Q&A' started by Deepa100, May 27, 2008.

  1. Deepa100

    Deepa100 Junior Member
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    So, only the sex cells go through meiosis. But, homologous chromosomes line up during the meiosis. My Q is are the sex cells themselves diploid then? It seems that way. Because the sperm and egg are haploid and they themselves can not go thr' cell division.

    Is this correct?
     
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  3. medstu2006

    medstu2006 Senior Member
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    What do u mean by sex cells?
     
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    andafoo Andy
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    Germ cells?
     
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    andafoo Andy
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    From what you're saying, yes, germ cells are diploid. These are the spermatagonium and oogonium.

    The "sperm" and "egg" do end up haploid and are then gametes.
     
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    Ok. So the germ line cells are diploid themselves. They undergo meiosis to form 4 haploid cells; sperm in males and ovary in females.
     
  7. Deepa100

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    Great, thx. Yes, I meant "germ cells".
     

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