Molecular Genetics Problem 14 14. In Drosophila, the gene for white eyes and the gene that produces “hairy” wings have both been mapped to the same chromosome and have a crossover frequency of 1.5%. A geneticist doing some crosses involving these two mutant characteristics noticed that in a particular stock of flies, these two genes assorted independently; that is they behaved as though they were on different chromosomes. What explanation can you offer for this observation?
One possibility is that a translocation has occurred where a segment of chromosome containing only one of the 2 genes has moved to a different chromosome. BACK