Prophase I
Homologous chromosomes pair up (synapsis). Crossing over (DNA exchange) occurs.
Metaphase I
Homologous chromosomes align along center of cell (metaphase plate), the pairs oriented toward opposite poles of the cell.
Anaphase I
Homologous chromosomes separate, moving to opposite poles.
Sister chromatids are no longer identical: genetic recombination has occurred.
Telophase I/Cytokinesis I
One set from the paired chromosomes arrives at each pole. The cell divides into two haploid cells. Quiz