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The random distribution to the gametes of different combinations of chromosomes. Each 2N individual has a paternal and a maternal set of chromosomes forming N homologous pairs. At anaphase of the first meiotic division, one member of each chromosome pair passes to each pole, and thus the gametes will contain one chromosome of each type, but this chromosome may be of either paternal or maternal origin.

Subjects: Genetics and Genomics — Chemistry.


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