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Name: Melissa
Status: Educator
Grade:  6-8
Location: IL
Country: United States
Date: September 2008


Question:
How long does it take a human egg or sperm cell to go through meiosis?



Replies:
In the case of ova, the first division of meiosis occurs before birth of the female. The second division occurs at the time of ovulation somewhere between 12 and 40 years later. Sperm take a couple of days to go through meiosis.

Ron Baker, Ph.D.



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