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Pleiotropy: One gene influences more than one trait 2 Phenotypes: Shape and Color 1 Gene, 2 Alleles 3 Genotypes Map PPPppp Phenotype: the observable physical.

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1 Pleiotropy: One gene influences more than one trait 2 Phenotypes: Shape and Color 1 Gene, 2 Alleles 3 Genotypes Map PPPppp Phenotype: the observable physical state of an organism. Its morphology, physiology, and behavior. morphology, physiology, and behavior. Genotype: the genetic state of an organism.

2 The Reason for Mendel’s Success Mendel discovered the MAP from Phenotype to Genotype because, for all 7 of Mendel’s traits in peas, the MAP was SIMPLE: 2 Phenotypes 3 Genotypes YY Yy yy Dominant Recessive Homozygote Heterozygote Map directly Observed traits indirectly Inferred genes

3 X 9 3 Pure-breeding Parents with 1trait F1 F2 X 4

4 BBBbbb EE Ee ee Epistasis for Coat Color in the Laborador Retriever: : Epistasis:Two (or more) genes interact to cause one phenotype.

5 3 Phenotypes 9 Genotypes BBEE BBEe BbEE BbEe bbEE bbEe BBee Bbee bbee With Epistasis the Map from Genotype to Phenotype is COMPLEX Complex Map of Coat Color Trait to Multi-Gene Genotypes

6 Epistasis = Gene B’s Effect on phenotype, v, changes with the genotype at a Different Locus, E: Phenotypic Effect of B EE ee Effect of B is Large Effect of B is Small BB bb BB bb Background Genotype at the E locus

7 For most traits, the ENVIRONMENT also Affects the MAP between Phenotype and Genotype 3 Phenotypes 3 Environments 1 Genotype CC Average Nutrition Poor Nutrition Excess Nutrition This variation in phenotype is caused by variation in the environment and NOT by variation in genotype

8 For Mendel there was No Effect of Environment: map of Genotype to Phenotype was constant so that Phenotypic Variation was caused by Genotypic Variation Phenotype: Seed Color Cold Temperate Hot Environment YY Yy yy Each line on this graph is called a “Norm of Reaction”:: The range of phenotypes produced by ONE genotype when that genotype is reared across a series of different environments.

9 Most traits are affected by the Environment: which changes the Relationship of Genotype to Phenotype Phenotype: Size Poor Average Excess Environment CC The line on this graph is the “Norm of Reaction” for genotype CC: ONE genotype-THREE phenotypes

10 For most traits, the ENVIRONMENT Affects the MAP between Phenotype and Genotype 3 Phenotypes 3 Environments 3 Genotypes CC Average Poor Excess Cc Poor Excess cc Excess The Environment makes the MAP between Phenotype and Genotype Many to Many instead of One to One.

11 CCDd Average Poor Excess CcDD Poor Excess ccdd Excess Gene action makes the MAP between Phenotype and Genotype Many to Many instead of One to One: Pleiotropy: one gene affects two or more traits. Epistasis: two or more genes affect one trait.

12 Two phenotypes of the barnacle Chthamalus anisopoma Bent morph Straight Morph The predatory snail Acanthina angelica Bent morph - more resistant to snail predation, but less fecund Straight Morph – less resistant to snail predation but more fecund Trade-off !!

13 For most traits, there are effects of Environment: which change the Relationship of Genotype to Phenotype Phenotype: Shell Shape Environment WithoutWith

14 Temperature-dependent sex determination Barber’s Map Turtle, Graptemys barbouri Adult MaleAdult Female 29.0 °C Photo: Steven Freedberg Environment of Egg determines Sex of the Turtle!

15 For Mendel, there was no effect of other Genes = Relationship of Genotype to Phenotype was Constant Phenotype: Seed Color ww Ww WW Genetic Background at Another Gene YY Yy yy

16 For Mendel, there was no effect of Environment = Relationship of Genotype to Phenotype was Constant Phenotype: Seed Color cold intermediate hot Environments YY Yy yy

17 AAAaaa EE Ee ee Cold Environment AAAaaa EE Ee ee Hot Environment For most traits, there are Pleiotropy, Epistasis and Environmental Effects on Phenotype

18 Effects of Environment and Epistasis and Pleiotropy greatly complicate Mapping of Genotype onto Phenotype Different Phenotypes do not necessarily indicate Different Genotypes. Similar Phenotypes do not necessarily indicate Similar Genotypes. Environment and Epistasis and Pleiotropy make the MAP between Genotype and Phenotype Many-to-Many

19 How do we study a Many-to-Many Map of Genotype and Phenotype? We want to know “How much variation in a phenotype is caused by genetic differences among individuals?” (“nature”) We want to know “How much variation in a phenotype is caused by environmental differences among individuals?” (“nurture”) What are the environmental vs genetic causes of the differences in morphology, behavior, and physiology among individuals.

20 A Population with Phenotypic Variation among its Members Aa Did Different Environments Cause these differences in size? Aa aa AA Cold: Hot: Temperate Did Different Genotypes Cause these differences in size?

21 Controlled Breeding Experiments Make crosses between different individuals and obtain offspring. Measure the morphology, behavior, physiology of each offspring. Estimate the genetic causes of the offspring variation by measuring the “degree of resemblance” among genetic relatives. Genetic Relatives: (1) Parent-Offspring, (2) Brother-Sister, (3) Half-Siblings (same father, different mothers).

22 Heredity is the Cause of Resemblance between Genetic Relatives Different kinds of relatives may share more or less phenotypic resemblance. Diploid Genetic Relatives: (1) Parent-Offspring: share ½ of their genes. (2) Brother-Sister: share ½ of their genes. (3) Half-Siblings (same father, different mothers): share ¼ of their genes.

23 Non-Genetic Causes of Resemblance among Genetic Relatives Similar environments: Genetic relatives often grow up in similar environments and individuals reared in the same environment may be more similar to one another than individuals reared in different environments. Maternal Effects: Mother is a “special environment,” she provides both genes and nutritional environment. In mammals, these effects begin in utero.

24 In nature, the MATERNAL ENVIRONMENT Affects the MAP between Phenotype and Genotype 1 Phenotype 1 MOM 2 Genotypes cc Cc Siblings are Similar Genetically Siblings are Similar Environmentally (through mother)

25 Paternal Half-Sibs 1 x x 2 Half-sibs Of Male 1 Half-sibs Of Male 2 Resemblance? Difference?

26 1 x x x E1 E2 E3 Half-sib Breeding Design

27 1 x x x E1 E2 E3 Half-sib Breeding Design: Genetic Effect = Column Differences

28 1 x x x E1 E2 E3 Half-sib Breeding Design: Environmental Effect = Row Differences

29 1 x x x E1 E2 E3 Half-sib Breeding Design: Environmental AND Genetic Effects

30 Difficulties with Human Genetics Cannot impose breeding designs on human population. Therefore cannot separate non- genetic maternal effects from genetic effects. Cannot rear offspring of same parents in different environments: Therefore cannot separate non- genetic environmental effects from genetic effects. Debate over “Nature vs Nurture” cannot be experimentally resolved in humans.


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