Inheritance Patterns

Gregor Mendel

Documented a mechanism of inheritance through his experiments with garden peas

Mendel discovered

A ratio of about three to one, purple to white flowers, in the F2 generation

EXPERIMENT True-breeding purple-flowered pea plants and white-flowered pea plants were crossed (symbolized by ×). The resulting F1 hybrids were allowed to self-pollinate or were crosspollinated with other F1 hybrids. Flower color was then observed in the F2 generation.

RESULTS Both purple-flowered plants and whiteflowered plants appeared in the F2 generation. In Mendel’s experiment, 705 plants had purple flowers, and 224 had white flowers, a ratio of about 3 purple : 1 white.

Practice Punnett Squares
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Mendel observed the same pattern

In many other pea plant characters

Mendel’s Hypothesis

First, alternative versions of genes

Account for variations in purple flowers inherited Allele for characters, which are now called alleles
Locus for flower-color gene Homologous pair of chromosomes

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Allele for white flowers

Mendel’s Hypothesis

Second, for each character

An organism inherits two alleles, one from each parent A genetic locus is actually represented twice

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Mendel’s Hypothesis

Third, if the two alleles at a locus differ

Then one, the dominant allele, determines the organism’s appearance The other allele, the recessive allele, has no noticeable effect on the organism’s appearance

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Mendel’s Hypothesis

Fourth, the law of segregation

The two alleles for a heritable character separate (segregate) during gamete formation and end up in different gametes

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More Genetic Vocabulary

An organism that is homozygous for a particular gene
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Has a pair of identical alleles for that gene True-breeding

An organism that is heterozygous for a particular gene

Has a pair of alleles that are different for that gene

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An organism’s phenotype

Is its physical appearance

An organism’s genotype

Is its genetic makeup

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A Testcross

Allows us to determine the genotype of an organism with the dominant phenotype, but unknown genotype Crosses an individual with the dominant phenotype with an individual that is homozygous recessive for a trait

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The Dihybrid Cross

Illustrates the inheritance of two characters Helped Mendel develop the law of independent assortment

Each pair of alleles segregates independently during gamete formation

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Dihybrid Cross

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PRACTICE

Genotypic ratio – Phenotypic ratio –

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Unfortunately…
 Inheritance

patterns are often more complex than predicted by simple Mendelian genetics

Types of Dominance

Complete dominance

Occurs when the phenotypes of the heterozygote and dominant homozygote are identical

Codominance

In codominance

Two dominant alleles affect the phenotype in separate, distinguishable ways The human blood group is an example of codominance

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In Incomplete Dominance

The phenotype of F1 hybrids is somewhere between the phenotypes of the two parental varieties

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Pleiotropy

In pleiotropy

A gene has multiple phenotypic effects

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Epistasis

In epistasis

A gene at one locus alters the phenotypic expression of a gene at a second locus

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Epistas is

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Polygenic Inheritance

Many human characters vary in the population along a continuum and are called quantitative characters One phenotype is influenced by multiple genes

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Polygenic Inheritance

An additive effect of two or more genes on a single phenotype

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Multifactorial characters

Are those that are influenced by both genetic and environmental factors Examples:
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Heart Disease Type II Diabetes Many Cancers

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Pedigree Analysis

A pedigree

Is a family tree that describes the interrelationships of parents and children across generations

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Pedigree Analysis

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Cystic Fibrosis

Symptoms of cystic fibrosis include

Mucus buildup in the some internal organs Abnormal absorption of nutrients in the small intestine

Sickle-Cell Disease

Sickle-cell disease
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Affects one out of 400 African-Americans Is caused by the substitution of a single amino acid in the hemoglobin protein in red blood cells Physical weakness, pain, organ damage, and even paralysis

Symptoms include