Meiosis is a cell division process that occurs twice to produce four haploid daughter cells, according to Biology4Kids. Meiosis I occurs first and creates two daughter cells, and then meiosis II begins and creates two more daughter cells.
Meiosis is a cell division process that occurs when an organism is ready to reproduce, states Biology4Kids. The steps of meiosis are similar to the steps of mitosis, another type of cell division that occurs during growth and development of an organism. Meiosis begins with meiosis I. During this process, the cell undergoes prophase, metaphase, anaphase, telophase and interphase and creates two haploid daughter cells. Haploid cells contain only half of the number of chromosomes an organism needs to survive.
During meiosis I, crossing over occurs within the DNA. Crossing over allows genes to cross over to other chromosomes and mix themselves up, explains Biology4Kids. It is a process that adds diversity and variability to the gene pool of the organism. During meiosis II, the cells from meiosis I undergo prophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase. After telophase of meiosis II, the cells begin to pinch inward and separate. At the end of meiosis II, there are four haploid cells known as gametes.