Worm Breeder's Gazette 4(1): 40b
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During oogenesis in the hermaphroditic nematode C. elegans, the synaptonemal complex is not detectable until the homologous chromosomes are at least partly paired (that is until meiotic prophase synapsis). In the pachytene stage, the complex has a typically classic organization. At the separation phase, the complex persists in certain places, in the diplotene stage and even in early diakinesis. These persisting zones during separation of the homologous chromosomes are believed to correspond to chiasma. These interpretation therefore implicates the complex in the recombination mechanism.