Presentation on theme: "WELCOME BACK! Time to jump start your brain! What’s the purpose of mitosis? What’s the purpose of meiosis? How many chromosomes do somatic cells have?"— Presentation transcript:
WELCOME BACK! Time to jump start your brain! What’s the purpose of mitosis? What’s the purpose of meiosis? How many chromosomes do somatic cells have? How many chromosomes do gametes have?
Heredity and Genetics Mendel and Our Understanding of the Gene Pool
Gregor Mendel Gregor Mendel was an Augustinian friar who enjoyed gardening and science Though people had an idea about how traits were passed from parent offspring, it was Gregor Mendel who proved it using science Between 1856 and 1863, he raised pea plants, which he used to study genetic inheritance He is now known as the “Father of Genetics”
What did Mendel prove? The Law of Segregation - The two members of a gene pair (alleles) segregate (separate) from each other in the formation of gametes. Half the gametes carry one allele, and the other half carry the other allele. The Law of Independent Assortment - Genes for different traits assort independently of one another in the formation of gametes.
The Experiment There are three things that Mendel paid attention to in his experimental design: – He controlled over breeding – He used purebred plants – He observed only either/or traits, or traits that manifest in only two forms He followed 7 traits: pea shape, pea color, flower color, flower position, pod shape, pod color, plant height
Vocab Check A gene is a piece of DNA that provides a set of instructions to a cell to make a certain protein. An allele is any of the alternative forms of the gene that may occur. A genome is all of an organism’s genetic information.
Genetic Variation One of the benefits of sexual reproduction (over asexual reproduction) is that it provides for abundant variation. There can be 8 million different combinations of chromosomes produced through meiosis. Crossing over occurs when homologous chromosomes exchange segments during meiosis.
Genetic Variation Each chromosomes contains hundreds of genes How do genes show independent assortment if they are on the same chromosome? Genes located close together on the same chromosome are said to display genetic linkage.