Meiosis: An Interactive Animation
Diploid Cell (2N): From a preceding mitotic division, the Oogonium (Spermatogonium) enters meiosis with DIPLOID (2N) chromosomes but TETRAPLOID (4N) DNA. Chromosomes then duplicate to produce SISTER CHROMATIDS (or HOMOLOGOUS DYADS). Prophase I: Dyad pairs align to create "TETRADS", non-sister chromatids connect and trade sections at a "CHIASMA", a process called "CROSSING OVER". Metaphase I: SPINDLE FIBERS attach to each dyad at the KINETOCHORE. Tension from spindle fibers aligns the tetrads at the cell equator. Anaphase I: Chiasmata break apart and sister chromatids begin migrating toward opposite poles. Telophase I: CLEAVAGE FURROW forms beginning the process of CYTOKINESIS (cell division). Prophase II: Spindle formation begins and centrosomes begin moving toward poles. Metaphase II: Tension from spindle fibers aligns chromosomes at the metaphase plate. Anaphase II: CHROMATIDS separate and begin moving to the poles. Telophase II: CLEAVAGE FURROW forms beginning CYTOKINESIS.