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The orchestration of these molecular interactions is complex, yet constitutes the basis of the laws of hereditary transmission in eukaryotes. Crosses of plants differing in two characters Mendel’s experiments described so far stemmed from two pure-breeding parental lines that differed in one character. As we have seen, such lines produce F1 progeny that are heterozygous for one gene (genotype A/a). Such heterozygotes are sometimes called monohybrids. The selfing or intercross of identical heterozygous F individuals (symbolically A/a ϫ A/a) is called a monohybrid cross, and it was this type of cross that provided the interesting 3 : 1 progeny ratios that suggested the principle of equal segregation.
From a cross between these plants, we want to recover a progeny plant of genotype a/a ; b/b ; c/c ; d/d ; e/e (perhaps for the purpose of acting as the tester strain in a testcross). To estimate how many progeny plants need to be grown to stand a reasonable chance of obtaining the desired genotype, we need to calculate the proportion of the progeny that is expected to be of that genotype. If we assume that all the gene pairs assort independently, then we can do this calculation easily by using the product rule.
The best way of showing this graphically is to use a 4 ϫ 4 grid called a Punnett square, which is depicted in Figure 2-11. Grids are useful in genetics because their proportions can be drawn according to genetic proportions or ratios being considered; thereby a visual representation of the data is obtained. In the Punnett square in Figure 2-11, for example, we see that the areas of the 16 boxes representing the various gametic fusions are each one-sixteenth of the total area of the grid, simply because the rows and columns were drawn to correspond to the gametic proportions of each.