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Gene Linkage

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    Genes located on the same chromosome are called linked genes. The alleles for these genes tend to stay together during meiosis.  The closer two genes are on a chromosome, the less likely their alleles will be separated during meiosis.

    Think about when you're at an event with friends. When you're standing in line with a larger number of people as it comes time to sit down, you're more likely to sit next to those you've been standing next to in line. 

    Linked genes are not always inherited together, crossing over can occur during meiosis. To review crossing over, go to the Biology Place, Crossing Over. There are 5 short pages to read through, answer the questions on page 5 to make sure you understand the concept.