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A project by Stephen L. Talbott

Concerted change in the germline

There is nothing in the picture so far to suggest that, when turning our attention to genetic change in reproduction, we will find much evidence of randomness. Everything we’ve looked at so far occurs in germline cells as well. But in these cells we witness additional powers of change that could hardly be exceeded. Nowhere, for example, do we see the genome more concertedly re-shaped than in the two meiotic cell divisions leading to the formation of gametes in sexual reproduction — a choreography we hear described in the accompanying article as the “meiotic ballet”.

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