Meiosis, the antithesis of fertilization, is the unique genetically programmed mode of nuclear division associated with a halving of the chromosome number in sexually reproducing eukaryotes. It thus represents a key cellular and developmental pathway in the life of an organism. In this book, Bernard John presents the first complete, and the most authoritative, review of the events and mechanisms of meiosis including their scheduling, their mechanics and their biochemistry as well as their genetic control and the variations to be found in them in both sexual and subsexual systems. The text is superbly illustrated with 131 figures and 73 tables. Meiosis must be regarded as essential reading for all students, teachers and research workers with an interest in eukaryotic cell biology and genetics.
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1 Introduction multiplication and division
2 Modes of meiosis
3 Occurrence and timing of meiosis
4 Events and mechanisms of meiosis
5 Chromosome disjunction
6 The genetic control of meiosis
achiasmate anaphase anaphase-1 associated autosomal behaviour Biology bivalents centromere centrosome chiasma chiasma distribution chiasma formation chiasmata chromosome pairing conﬁgurations conﬁrmed crossing-over Cytology deﬁned diakinesis diploid diplotene distal Drosophila melanogaster eggs eukaryotes exchange female meiosis ﬁbers ﬁrst anaphase ﬁrst division ﬁrst meiotic ﬁrst metaphase ﬁve fusion gametes Genetics genome germ cells grasshopper half bivalents haploid heterochromatic heterozygosity heterozygous homoeologous homologues Hotta hybrids identiﬁed inﬂuence interphase involved Jones Journal of Cell kinetochore lateral elements leptotene Lilium male meiosis mechanism meiocytes meiosis meiotic division membrane metacentric metaphase metaphase-1 microtubules mitosis mitotic multiple mutations Nicklas non-homologous normal nuclear nucleus occurs oocytes orientation pachytene parthenogenetic plants PMCs polar polyploid pre-meiotic production protein Rasmussen recombination nodules regions replication SC formation segments segregation sequence sex chromosomes sex univalents sexual sister chromatids somatic species speciﬁc spermatocytes structure synapsis synaptonemal complex synthesis Table telocentric terminal tetraploid triploid X-chromosome yeast zygotene