Section 6-1
& Meiosis”
Write everything that is
6.1 Chromosomes and Meiosis
One of Biology’s Essential Questions:
At the end of this unit you will need to be able to
answer this question …
The Big Question: WHY ARE ALL
…Look around the room- no one is
exactly like you
…Your siblings are not exactly like you
(unless you have an identical twin)
…There is an amazing process that
makes us all different … meiosis
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Gametes have half the number of
chromosomes that body cells have
6.1 Chromosomes and Meiosis
Fill out this chart for reference as we move along in our
notes 
Somatic Cell
Sex Chromosome
Sexual Reproduction
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A. Body cells and gametes
1. Body cells are also called somatic cells
2. Gametes are sex cells: egg and sperm
– Gametes have DNA that can be passed to
(Psst…Fill out your vocabulary chart…)
body cells
sex cells (sperm)
sex cells (egg)
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Take a Vote!!!!
Is a skin cell a somatic cell or a gamete?
Is an egg a somatic cell or a gamete?
What is a liver cell considered- somatic or gamete?
What is another type of somatic cell?
-Sperm Cell
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B. Autosomes and sex chromosomes
1. Your body cells have 23
pairs of chromosomes
2. The first 22 pairs of
chromosomes are
3. Sex chromosomes (X
and Y) determine what
gender you will be (male
or female)
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4. Homologous pairs
of chromosomes
have genes for the
same traits
5. For each
homologous pair,
one chromosome
comes from each
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Think-Pair-Share (2 min.)
• Do you believe that homologous chromosomes are
identical to each other?
• Why or why not???
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C. Diploid and Haploid
1.Diploid (2n) cells have two
copies of every chromosome
– Body cells are diploid
– Half the chromosomes come
from each parent
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2. Haploid (n) cells have one copy of
every chromosome
–Gametes (sex cells) are haploid
–Gametes have 22 autosomes and 1
sex chromosome
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Quick Thinking!
• You can write, draw, diagram, or write a quick song
for your answer…
• Why is it so important that gametes are
haploid cells? What would happen if, for
some reason, it occurred that one
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D. Fertilization: When the egg and
sperm cell unite
1. 2 haploid cells unite to form a cell
(zygote) that once again has the
diploid number of chromosomes
– Chromosome number must be
maintained in animals
– Many plants have more than two
copies of each chromosome
2. A zygote grows to be a human
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• Mitosis and meiosis are types of
nuclear division that make different
types of cells
• Mitosis makes more identical
diploid cells
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• Meiosis makes haploid cells from diploid
cells and:
– occurs in sex cells
– produces gametes
6.1 Chromosomes and Meiosis
Compare and Contrast MITOSIS and
MEIOSIS on a separate sheet of paper
based on what you already know about
both. Turn in at the end of the period
before you walk out the door.
Differences go HERE
Differences go HERE
Things they have in
common go HERE