Meiosis vs Mitosis

Mitosis Meosis
Occurs in all somatic cells Occurs only in reproductive (sex) cells
Chromosome number remains same, i.e., diploid (2n), hence it is equational division Chromosome number reduces to half, i.e., haploid (n), hence it is reductional division
Two daughter cells are produced Four daughter cells are produced
One cell division involves four phases Consists of two sub-divisions: Meiosis - I and Meiosis - II each involving four phases. Prophase - I is again subdivided into five sub-stages
No crossing over Crossing over takes place
Daughter cells have identical chromosomes to parent cell, i.e., genetic material remains constant Daughter cells have chromosomes with combined genetic material from both parents i.e., genetic variability occurs


source: Tutorvista.com


REMEMBER: MEIOSIS HAS THE "ME" IN IT. THAT'S HOW "ME" WAS CREATED.

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