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Exploring Human Reproductive Cells Virtual Lab

The Labster fertility center needs your help! Some of the samples of sperm and ova have been mixed up in unlabeled tubes and the team needs your sort this out. While exploring the samples, learn about the process of meiosis and mitosis.

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Exploring Human Reproductive Cells

About this Simulation

This short, targeted simulation is adapted from the full-length “Meiosis: Understand how traits are inherited” simulation.

In this simulation, you will use microscopy to study the difference of sperm and ova while helping the team at the Labster fertility center. You will explore how meiosis contributes to genetic diversity in the population and discover the key differences between meiosis and mitosis. 

Meet Marie at the Labster fertility center

Meet Marie at one of the labs in the Labster fertility center. She will greet you with open arms, as she desperately needs your help and expertise to fix a mistake. The lab technician accidently forgot to label the tubes with sperm and ova samples. Will you be able to study the samples and determine which is which? 

Fill in the blanks of meiosis

Complete the diagram with an overview of the process of meiosis. Fill the blank boxes in the steps of the meiosis process, with the correct content. You will dive into the interphase, meiosis I and meiosis II and the production of diploid and haploid cells. 

Compare meiosis and mitosis 

Next, you will compare the process of meiosis and mitosis and learn how each of these processes contributes to human reproduction. You will complete interactive diagrams of both meiosis and mitosis to create a visual overview for yourself.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to:

  • Outline how traits are inherited

  • Use the microscope to observe sperm and ova

  • Compare phases and outcomes of mitosis and meiosis

Techniques in Lab

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to:

  • Sample preparation
  • Microscopy

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