I've recently read a little on Wikipedia about genetics, but I can't find a direct answer to this question.
My rough understanding is this:
- Both males and females have pairs of chromosomes, one copy from each parent
- Both produce gametes (eggs in females, sperm in males)
- The gamete is produced during something called 'meiosis' to take only one set of genes
What I can't find an answer to though is whether that selection is completely random, such that every chromosome in a gamete has an equally likely chance of being taken from the male parent set and the female parent set.
Another way of putting it, perhaps: Would the range of 100% male parent to 100% female parent chromosome selection in the gamete be a binomial distribution?
My background is computing, so please assume very little knowledge of biology.