Campbell Biology (11th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-13409-341-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-13409-341-3

Chapter 22 - 22.2 - Concept Check - Page 474: 3


The favoring of white flowers by natural selection would tend to increase the frequency of the white, p, allele in the population. However, since this is a recessive allele and peas are diploid, this would be slowed. Having two sets of chromosome per eukaryotic cell tends to act as a brake on change, especially for recessive alleles.

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Review earlier material on genetics for help with this answer, especially where you can read how recessive alleles are hidden, in heterozygotes, from natural selection, and how having a diploid state means that natural selection acts on phenotype but not directly on genotype.
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