When meiosis occurs in females, the cytoplasm is not divided equally among the resulting four cells. Why?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Well it has nothing to do with Barr bodies, but much more to do with the function of the of the ovum and how it matures. The cytoplasm divides unequally on purpose. The ovum needs to be larger than the other polar bodies because it needs the nutrients to support fertilization. The ovum is the mature egg and the polar bodies usually disintegrate.

  • 1 decade ago

    Only one of the four new cells created during meiosis in females results in an egg - that one gets most of the cytoplasm.

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    1 decade ago


  • 1 decade ago

    I guess you are talking about the formation of the Barr Body then this link should help: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barr_body

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