why does a cell during meiosis divide into 4 cells? why not just stop at 2 cells in meiosis 1?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    because unlike in mitosis, there are two different combos of genes. i.e. mitosis let's say (which is basically the same as mitosis 1) a red gene and a blue gene get together. when they split, there's only two things you could get: red and blue. But in mitosis, when two genes get together you could have a half red half green get together with a half blue half yellow gene. then when they split, you could have a red blue, a green yellow, a red yellow, a green blue. You see? Hopefully that made sense, but I know I didn't understand it either at first and that helped me.

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  • 1 decade ago

    meiosis is not like mitosis

    it occurs when a new organism is being formed

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