segregation of alleles

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The law of segregation of alleles, the first of Mendel's laws, stating that every somatic cell of an organism carries a pair of hereditary units (now identified as alleles) for each character (2), and that at meiosis (1) the pairs separate so that each gamete carries only one unit from each pair. Also called the law of segregation. See also independent assortment.

Subjects: Psychology.

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