anonymous
  • anonymous
A diploid cell has two pairs of homologous chromosomes. How many different combinations of chromosomes could there be in the gametes?
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anonymous
  • anonymous
This question is about random assortment: this means that either chromosome from a pair can be found in a gamete with either chromosome from another pair. So for an organism which 2 pairs there are four possible combinations. To put this in mathematical notation: for n pairs there are n! combinations.
anonymous
  • anonymous
Sorry I remembered something: for n pairs of somatic chromosomes there are n! combinations.
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