Sex Linked Characteristics

Sex-linked characteristics are determined by genes located on the sex chromosomes. Genes on the X chromosome determine X-linked characteristics; those on the Y chromosome determine Y-linked characteristics. Because little genetic information exists on the Y chromosome in many organisms, most sex-linked characteristics are X linked. Males and females differ in their sex chromosomes; so the pattern of inheritance for sex-linked characteristics differs from that exhibited by genes located on autosomal chromosomes.

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