Germ cells are the route by which the genome and cytoplasmic constituents are passed from one generation to the next in sexually reproducing multicellular organisms. Here, we describe their origin, development into functional gametes, sperm, or oocytes, through the processes of meiosis and gametogenesis, and discuss an epigenetic state that is erased and reset in germ cells, imprinting.
|Title of host publication||Brenner's Encyclopedia of Genetics|
|Subtitle of host publication||Second Edition|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Feb 27 2013|
- Germ cell
- Germ plasm
- Meiotic maturation