🎲 Origins of genetic variation


Introduction
DNA mutation
Independent Assortment of Homologous Chromosomes
Genetic Recombination by Crossing Over


Introduction

Let’s look at 3 broad categories of source of genetic variation: mutation, meiosisand fertilisation.

DNA mutation occurs spontaneously and creates a direct change in the genetic material. Single bases may be changed, added or removed, or even large chunks of chromosomes can be swapped between them or duplicated. Whole chromosomes, too, can shift around.

Mutations are a random occurrence during DNA replication and the rate of mutation is influenced by external factors such as UV radiation. There are different types of mutation:

1. Deletion where a nucleotide base is deleted. AGTCA becomes AGCA.
2. Substitution where a nucleotide base is replaced by…