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1 KEY CONCEPT 6.3, 6.4, & 6.5 Mendel’s research showed that traits are inherited as discrete units.

2 Mendel laid the groundwork for genetics.
Traits are distinguishing characteristics that are inherited. (eye color, hair color) Genetics is the study of biological inheritance patterns and variation. Gregor Mendel showed that traits are inherited as discrete units.

3 Mendel observed these seven traits in pea plants.

4 The same gene can have many versions.
A gene is a piece of DNA that directs a cell to make a certain protein. Each gene has a locus, a specific position on a pair of homologous chromosomes.

5 An allele is any alternative form of a gene occurring at a specific locus on a chromosome.
Each parent donates one allele for every gene. Homozygous describes two alleles that are the same at a specific locus. Ex: (RR or rr) Heterozygous describes two alleles that are different at a specific locus.Ex: (Rr)

6 Alleles can be represented using letters.
A dominant allele is expressed as a phenotype when at least one allele is dominant. A recessive allele is expressed as a phenotype only when two copies are present. Dominant alleles are represented by uppercase letters; recessive alleles by lowercase letters.

7 Mendel used pollen to fertilize selected pea plants.
He crossed the P (parent) generation to produce F1 (first filial or first set of offspring) generation. He interrupted the self-pollination process in the plants by removing male flower parts. Mendel controlled the fertilization of his pea plants by removing the male parts, or stamens. He then fertilized the female part, or pistil, with pollen from a different pea plant.

8 Punnett squares illustrate genetic crosses.
The Punnett square is a grid system for predicting all possible genotypes resulting from a cross. The axes represent the possible gametes of each parent. The boxes show the possible genotypes of the offspring. The Punnett square yields the ratio of possible genotypes and phenotypes.

9 Mendel then allowed the resulting plants to self-pollinate.
Among the F1 generation, all plants had purple flowers – this is the phenotype (describes physical traits, what we can see) F1 plants are all heterozygous this is the genotype (describes the internal makeup of the genes, what we cannot see).

10 A monohybrid cross involves one trait.
Monohybrid crosses examine the inheritance of only one specific trait. (let’s do this one as an example).

11 Among the F2 generation, some plants had purple flowers and some had white
Let’s do this cross and see how he got these results.

12 F2 Results: (Answer) Phenotype: 75% Purple, 25% White Genotype: 25% Homozygous Dominant FF 50% Heterozygous Ff 25% Homozygous Recessive ff

13 Practice What words would you use to describe the P generation (parents)? What would the phenotype and genotype be of the F1 generation? Phenotype: 50% Purple, 50% White Genotype: 50% Heterozygous, 50% Homozygous Recessive

14 Both homozygous dominant and heterozygous genotypes yield a dominant phenotype
Ex: PP and Pp = Purple The only combination that shows the recessive phenotype is the genotype Ex: pp = white

15 Mendel drew three important conclusions.
1. Traits are inherited as discrete units. 2. Organisms inherit two copies of each gene, one from each parent. 3. The two copies segregate during gamete formation. The last two conclusions are called the law of segregation. purple white

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