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The diploid number for fruit flies is 8 while that for crickets is 32. If no crossing over took place, would the genetic variation among offspring from a given pair of parents be greater in fruit flies or crickets?

Presumably if independent assortment still takes place it would be greater in the species with the greater number of chromosomes per cell as the amount of combinations that can be achieved due to independent assortment would be 2^n where n is the number of chromosomes

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