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1. A chemical covalent bond.
2. The relationship between syntenic loci sufficiently close that the respective alleles are not inherited independently by the offspring; a characteristic of loci, not genes.
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Fig. 170 Genetic linkage . The phenotypes produced by a testcross.

genetic linkage

the association between genes located (linked) on the same chromosome, thus producing proportions of gametes that are not those expected by INDEPENDENT ASSORTMENT although, unless there is very close linkage, the same TYPES of gamete will be produced. Instead, there tends to be association of particular alleles together in the gametes (the ‘parental’ types, in the same combination as the parent), with other combinations being less frequent (see RECOMBINATION and CROSSING OVER). By convention the amount of recombination between linked genes is a direct measure of their distance apart along the chromosome, 1% recombination being equivalent to the MAP UNIT. The amount of recombination occuring is best measured in a TESTCROSS calculated from the total number of recombinant types in the testcross progeny as a proportion of the total progeny. For example, a testcross with genes in COUPLING produced the PHENOTYPES in Fig. 170 where the amount of recombination would be:

and the genes A and B could be represented on a GENETIC MAP as:

Had the two genes been independently assorting (i.e., on different chromosomes) roughly equal numbers of each phenotype would have been expected in the progeny (about 70). Similarly, since the maximum expected amount of recombination between two genes is 50%, if two genes are located more than 50 map units apart on the same chromosome they will appear to be independent of each other.

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