Patterns of inheritance

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What was Mendel's first hypotheses?

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There are alternative versions of genes, the units that determine heritable traits. For example, the gene for flower colour in pea plants exists in one form for purple and another for white. The alternative versions of genes are called alleles.

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    What is independent assortment?
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    What is the law of segregation?
    the principle, originated by Gregor Mendel, stating that during the production of gametes the two copies of each hereditary factor segregate so that offspring acquire one factor from each parent.