Definition of Genetic Recombination

Genetic recombination is the phenomenon of forming a new genetic combination. Typically, the chromosomes break and exchange themselves with their homologous partners in order to form a novel combination. It can also be stated in a way the alleles of a chromosome are assorted and they are transferred to the next generation in such a combination that is different from that which is found in both the parents.


This recombination of genetic material takes place in eukaryotic organisms as well as in prokaryotic organisms. Genetic recombination has great importance in enhancing the diversity among the organisms that reproduce sexually and this also allows the organisms to function in new ways.


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