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Unformatted text preview: of all, he made certain that the plants that he planned to use in the experiment were pure line for the traitthat is, that they bred true for the trait for two or more years. (Peas are self-pollinated so he simply grew the plants and examined their offspring.) Other experimenters omitted this step, which confounded their results. Mendel then made a series of monohybrid crosses for each of the seven traits he had identified using parents of opposite traitstall (TT) vs. dwarf (tt), yellow seed (YY) vs. green (yy) seed, round seed (RR) vs. wrinkled (rr), and so forth. (He, of course, did not symbolize them with letters, but he did know that seeds from his tall pure-line plants would always produce tall plants, seeds from the dwarfs would always produce dwarf plants, and so on.)...
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