Assignment: Inheritance Lab
Have you noticed any similarities among you and your parents or other relatives? Even if you do not know your biological parents, you can guess some of their physical characteristics based on your own physical characteristics or phenotypes. You can do this by applying Mendelian genetics.
For your Assignment, complete the Inheritance Lab in which you identify your phenotypes for several physical characteristics such as the presence of dimples or a widows peak. Then, infer your possible genotypes, as well as your parents possible genotypes.
To prepare for this Assignment:
Review Chapter 7, Are You Only as Smart as Your Genes? (pp. 141-155) in the course text and consider what Mendelian genetics is and how you can determine genotypes based on phenotypes and vice versa.
Review the Inheritance Lab Background document (see the link in the Required Resources section), focusing on the phenotypes you observe for the Inheritance Lab and how to identify genotypes associated with those phenotypes.
Review the lab instructions in the Inheritance Lab Report (see the link in the Required Resources section), focusing on the steps you must follow and the information you must complete in the report. You may complete this report by hand as you complete the lab; however, by Day 7, you submit an electronic version of this document for your Assignment.
NOTE: You do not need to purchase any materials to complete this lab.
Complete the Inheritance Lab Report.
Questions about this Assignment? Post the questions in the Contact the Instructor area, so all class members may benefit from the Instructors response.
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