2nd October 2019

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Why do you want your gametes to be haploid?

In humans all reproduction is sexual. It involves joining together haploid gamete cells from each parent with half the normal number of chromosomes to make a new cell containing both parents' genetic material. This is a diploid zygote. The cells from each parent that combine to form the zygote are called gametes.

Why is it important that these cells are haploid?

Haploid cells are produced by meiosis. They are genetically diverse cells that are used in sexual reproduction. When the haploid cells from the parent donors come together and are fertilized, the offspring has a complete set of chromosomes and becomes a diploid cell.
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