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Chapter 15 notes

The Chromosomal Basis of

Concept 15.1
In 1902 Sutton noted the parallels
between the behavior of chromosomes
and the behavior of Mendel’s factors.
Chromosomal theory of inheritance:
genes have specific loci on
chromosomes, and the chromosomes
undergo segregation and independent
Concept 15.1
Concept 15.1
Morgan traced a gene to a specific
- Morgan used Drosophila “fruit
flies” for his experiments
- only 4 pairs of chromosomes
- wild type flies have red eyes
- white eyes is a mutant phenotype
Concept 15.1
- Morgan mated the white-eyed male
to a red-eyed female
- all F1 offspring were red-eyed
- The F2 offspring were not 3:1;
instead all females were red-eyed
while half of the males had red and
half had white eyes
- eye color was linked to the fly’s sex
Concept 15.1
Genes located on sex chromosomes
are called sex-linked genes
- Morgan’s evidence that a specific
gene is carried on the X
chromosome helped confirm the
chromosomal theory of inheritance.
Concept 15.1
Concept 15.2
linked genes: genes that are
located on the same chromosomes
and tend to be inherited together
- linked genes deviate from
expected Mendelian ratios
-ex. in flies body color and wing
shape are inherited together
Concept 15.2
Concept 15.2
Genetic recombination: the
production of new combinations of
traits inherited from two parents
yellow-round x green-wrinkled
YyRr x yyrr
Parental types: when the offspring
phenotypes are identical to the
- ex ¼ YyRr, ¼ yyrr
Concept 15.2
Recombinants: when the offspring
phenotypes are new combinations
ex ¼ Yyrr, ¼ yyRr
When 50% of all offspring are
recombinants, we say there is a 50%
frequency of recombination
- 50% frequency is observed for
genes located on different
Concept 15.2
Geneticists can use recombination
data to map a chromosomes genetic

Genetic map: an ordered list of the

genetic loci along a particular
Linkage map: a genetic map based
on recombination frequencies
Concept 15.2
Map of body-color (b), wing-size (vg)
and cinnabar (cn)
- cn and b is 9%
- cn and vg is 9.5%
- b and vg is 17%
Concept 15.2
Concept 15.3
Sex-linked genes have unique
patterns of inheritance
- fathers pass sex-linked alleles to
daughters, but not sons
- mothers pass sex-linked alleles to
both sons and daughters
Concept 15.3
Because males only have one locus,
they cannot be heterozygous

Sex-linked disorders in humans

- muscular dystrophy: 1/3500
males in the US
- hemophilia: absence of proteins
for blood clotting
Concept 15.3
Concept 15.4
Nondisjunction: the members of a
pair of homologous chromosomes
do not move apart properly during
meiosis I or II.
- gametes are (n+1) or (n-1) if they
have too many or too few
Concept 15.4
Aneuploidy: having an abnormal
chromosome number
Trisomic: a chromosome in
triplicate (2n+1); ex. trisomy 21
(Down’s syndrome)
Monosomic: if a chromosome is
missing (2n-1)
Concept 15.4
Concept 15.4
Polyploidy: organisms that have more
than two complete chromosome sets
- triploidy (3n)
- tetraploidy (4n)

Polyploids are more normal in

appearance than aneuploids
Concept 15.4
Concept 15.4
Breakage of a chromosome can lead
to four types of changes in
chromosome structure
Deletion: occurs when a
chromosomal fragment lacking a
centromere is lost during cell
Concept 15.4
Duplication: a fragment becomes
attached as an extra segment to a
sister chromatid
Inversion: a chromosomal fragment
can reattach to the original
chromosome in reverse order
Translocation: the fragment joins a
nonhomologous chromosome
Concept 15.4
Concept 15.4
Alterations in chromosome number
and structure are associated with
several human disorders
- Down syndrome: 1/700 children
born; extra 21st chromosome
- Klinefelter syndrome: XXY male
- Turner syndrome: XO female
Concept 15.4
Concept 15.4
Concept 15.4