• Mendel asked whether different characteristics are inherited together.
  • For example, are purple flowers and tall stems always inherited together?
  • Or do these two characteristics show up in different combinations in offspring?
  • To answer these questions, Mendel next investigated two characteristics at a time.
  • The results of Mendel’s second set of experiments led to his second law.
  • This is the law of independent assortment.
  • It states that factors controlling different characteristics.
  • are inherited independently of each other.
  • Mendel didn’t know about genes.
  • Genes would not be discovered until several decades later.
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