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Law of Purity of Gametes

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Gregor Mendel's law stating that the unit factors are brought together and paired during union or fertilization; however, these unit factors do not affect or mix with each other though they have become paired.


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Unit factors from maternal and paternal gametes combine together and pair during the union of gametes (fertilization). However, the bringing together and pairing of these unit factors do not eventuate to their blending, altering, or mixing. They remain pure in a way that they remain as distinct entities within the somatic cells of the offspring. When the offspring does form its own gametes, the members of the paired unit factors would separate or segregate. Hence, this law is also referred to as Law of Segregation. Mendel further assumes that each of them assort independently into the newly formed gametes.


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