Sex linkage

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Sex linkage refers to gene inheritances. Many animals have sex cells or gametes. These are often Designated to X and Y, which are key determining gender. The rest of the chromosomes are referred to as autosomes. Sex linkage inheritance and autosomal inheritance follow different patterns. XY males only have 1 copy of the X chromosome and are hemizygous for all genes on that chromosome, while females are either heterozygous or homozygous[1].

References

  1. Ringo, J. (2004) Fundamental genetics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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