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1 Genetics: The Science of Heredity 1.- Introduction
2.- Mendelian genetics 3.- Chromosomal theory of inheritance 4.- Mutations 5.- Human Inheritance

2 Cell division Cell division Reasons for cell division Cell Cycle
All cells are derived from preexisting cells. Cell division is the process by wich cells produce new cells. Reasons for cell division Cell growth Repair and replacement of damaged cell parts: some tissues must be repaired often such as the lining of gut, white blood cells, skin cells with a short lifespan. Other cells do not divide at all after birth such as muscle and nerve. Reproduction of the species. Cell Cycle During a cell’s life cycle there are various different phases. The Cell Cycle includes two main parts: Interphase: is the longest part of a cell’s life cycle and is called “the resting stage” because the cell isn´t dividing. during interphase. During interphase cell grows, develops, makes a copy of its DNA, prepares to divide into two cells and carry on all their normal metabolic functions. Cell division: includes Mitosis (nuclear division) and Cytokinesis (division of the cytoplasm).

3 Structure of DNA A: adenine C: cytosine G: guanine T: thymine
DNA (The Double Helix) Sugar-phosphate backbone Base Phosphate Sugar Hydrogen bonds Structure of DNA Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) is a double-stranded, helical molecule consisting of two sugar-phosphate backbones on the outside, held together by hydrogen bonds between pairs of nitrogenous bases on the inside. The bases are of four types (A, C, G & T): pairing always occurs between A & T and C & G (complementary base pairing). This structure was first described by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953. A: adenine C: cytosine G: guanine T: thymine Watson & Crick

4 Replication of DNA Since the instructions for making cell parts are encoded in the DNA, each new cell must get a complete set of the DNA molecules. This required that the DNA be copied (replicated, duplicated) before cell division. This process takes place during the Interphase stage of the Cell Cycle. Each strand of the original molecule acts as a template for the synthesis of a new complementary DNA molecule. The two strands of the double helix are first separated by enzymes. With the assistance of other enzymes, spare parts aivalable inside the cell are bound to the individual strands following the rules of complementary base pairing : adenine (A) to thymine (T) and guanine (G) to cytosine C. Finally, two strands of DNA are obtained from one, having produced two daughter molecules which are identical to one another and to the parent molecule.

5 Centromere Sister Chromatids MITOSIS Mitosis is the process by which somatic cells divide and multiply. It results in the production of two daughter cells from a single parent cell. The two daughter cells are identical to one another and to the original parent cell. In a typical animal cell, mitosis can be divided into four principal stages: Prophase: The chromatin, diffuse in interphase, condenses to form double-rod structures called chromosomes. Each chromosome has duplicated and now consists of two sister chromatids (the two rods). Each chromatid in a chromosome is an exact copy of the other. The two chromatids are held together by a structure called centromere. At the end of the prophase, the nuclear envelope breaks down. Metaphase: The chromosomes align at the equatorial plate and are held in place by microtubules attached to the mitotic spindle and to part of the centromere. Anaphase: The centromere divide. Sister chromatids separate and move toward the corresponding poles. Telophase: Daughter chromosomes arrive at the poles and the microtubules dissapear. The condensed chromatin expands and the nuclear envelope reappears. Cytokinesis: The cytoplasm divides, the cell membrane pinches inward ultimately producing two daughter cells.

6 Mitosis phases as seen with microscope
Prophase Anaphase Metaphase Telophase

7 MEIOSIS Meiosis is a type of cell division by which sex cells (eggs and sperm) are produced. Is the process by which a single parent diploid cell (both homologous chromosomes) divides to produce four daughter haploids cells (one homologous chromosome of the pair). Meiosis involves a reduction in the amount of genetic material. It comprises two successive nuclear divisions with only one round of DNA replication. Four stages can be described for each nuclear division: Interphase: before meiosis begins, genetic material is duplicated. First division of meiosis: Proohase 1: duplicated chromatin condenses. Each chromosome consists of two, closely associated sister chromatids. Crossing over can occur during the latter part of this stage. Metaphase 1: Homologous chromosomes align at the equatorial plate. Anaphase 1: Homologous pairs separate with sister chromatids remaining together. Telophase 1: two daughter cells are formed with each daughter containing only one chromosome of the homologous pair. Second division of meiosis: Prophase 2: DNA does not replicate. Metaphase 2: Chromosomes align at the equatorial plate. Anaphase 2: centromeres divide and sister chromatids migrate separately to each pole. Telophase 2: cell division is complete.Four haploid daughter cells are obtained. Daughter cells have half the number of chromosomes found in the original parent cell and with crossing over, are genetically different.

8 Comparison Meiosis and Mitosis

9 2.- Mendelian Genetics Genetics Terms Cross
This symbolised the sexual union of a pair and the probable descendants: Punnet Square Probability diagram ilustrating the possible offspring of a mating: Genetics Terms Genetics: this is the part of Biology which studies the transmission of characteristics from one individual to its descendants. Character or trait: this is each one of the characteristics which are inherited from parents by offspring (colour of eyes, skin, etc.) Gene: Each piece of DNA of the nucleus of a cell in which the information for a character is located. Allele: they are the different forms of a gene. Dominant allele: allele that is always expressed. A trait controlled by a dominant allele always shows up in the organism when the allele is present. It is symobolised with capital letters: A, B, C,etc. Recessive allele: allele that is expressed only if dominant allele is not present. A trait controlled by a recessive allele will only show up if the organism does not have the dominant allele. It is symobolised with lower case letters: a, b, c,etc. Homozygotic: this is the individual which has two equal alleles for a specific character. It is symbolised with the same letters: AA, aa, BB, bb, etc. Heterozygotic: this is the individual which has two different alleles for a specific character. It is symbolised with one upper an one case letter: Aa, Bb, Cc, bb, etc. Genotype: this is the set of genes which a living being has in each one of its cells. Phenotype: this is the set of characteristics that are expressed or manifested in a living being. Phenotypes X black white Bb bb Genotypes B 50% b 100% Gametes 50% black 50% white Gregor Mendel Austrian botanist monk. Considered to be the father of classical genetics. He spent many years studying pea plants (Pisum sativum) in the garden of the monastery. He wanted to find out how particular qualities are inherited when plants are cross-fertilized. Barely acknowledged during his lifetime, Mendel’s work was rediscovered in 1900 and his laws were recognized.

10 X X : Yellow Green Mendel’s Work Parental generation AA aa A Gametes a
Mendel’s First Law (of uniformity): The first thing Mendel discovered was that if he crossed two different but homozygotic individuals, their descendants were uniform (all the same). By crossing a homozygotic plant with yellow seeds with another which was also homozygotic, but with green seeds, the resulting plants only produced yellow seeds. The AA plant only produces A gametes and the aa plant only a gametes. The green colour of one of the parents did not appear in the descendants. This is known as dominance: the “colour of seed” character is inherited by means of a pair of alleles, one dominant, which corresponds to “yellow” (A) and the other recessive, which corresponds to “green” (a); the parents were homozygotic AA and aa (yellow and green), which means that the offspring would be heterozygotic Aa and yellow, because the dominant allele does not allow the expression of the recessive allele. Mendel’s Second Law (independent segregation): When Mendel crossed the descendants obtained (F1) together, he found that the two kinds of seeds appeared in the second generation (F2), three yellow and one green (3:1). The green seeds appear again, which meant that F1, despite being yellow, carried information for the colour green. In fact the seeds of the F1 generation were heterozygotic (Aa) and produced gametes of two kinds, A and a. The two hereditary factors that provide information on the same character did not fuse, and during the process of fertilization of the gametes, they segregated, or separated. Parental generation X AA aa A Gametes a X F1 generation Aa Aa Gametes A a A a 50% 50% 50% 50% F2 generation Gametes A a AA Aa aa 75% 25% 3 : 1 Punnet Square

11 X X Smooth yellow Rough green P AABB aabb F1 AaBb AaBb G AB Ab aB ab
Mendel’s Third Law (independent combination): When studying the behaviour of two characters at the same time, such as colour (yellow and green) and the texture of the surface (smooth and rough), Mendel found that, if he began with smooth yellow homozygotic seeds (AABB) and rough green seeds (aabb), in the first generation he obtained uniform descendants which were smooth and yellow (AaBb) but in the second generation he obtained all the possible combinations of phenotypes in the following proportions: 9:3:3:1. When he checked the characteres separately, he saw that there were 12/16 yellow seeds as opposed to 4/16 green ones, and 12/16 smooth ones as opposed to 4/16 rough ones, which means 75% and 25% (3:1) as happened in accordance with the Law of independent segregation. Thus he deduced that when various characters combine together, heredity is independent and the proportions of phenotypes were due to the dominance of the colour yellow and the smooth texture as opposed to the colour green and the rough texture. X P AABB aabb F1 X AaBb AaBb G AB Ab aB ab 25% 25% 25% 25% F2 Gametes AB Ab aB ab AABB AABb AaBB AaBb AAbb Aabb aaBB aaBb aabb Smooth yellow Rough yellow Smooth green Rough green : : :

12 Codominance For all of the traits that Mendel studied, one allele was dominant while the other was recessive. This is not always the case. For some alleles, an inheritance pattern called codominance exists. In codominance, the alleles are neither dominant nor recessive. As a result, both alleles are expressed in the offspring. Look the picture. Mendel’s principle of dominant and recessive alleles does not expalin why the heterozygotic chickens have both black and white feathers. The alleles for feather color are codominant. As you can see, neither allele is masked in the heterozygotic chickens. Notice also that the codominant alleles are written as capital letters with superscripts (FB for black feathers and Fw for white feathers. As the Punnet square shows, heterozygotic chickens have the FB FW allele combination.

13 3.- Chromosomal Theory of Inheritance
Chromosomes When Mendel made his discoveries he didn’t know where the genetic information was to be found, nor what material it carried. Now we know that it is in the nucleus of the eucaryotic cells, more specifically in the deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA. In the nucleus of the cell, the DNA molecules are practically invisible during the interphase period due to their thickness. However, during mitosis, each one of the DNA molecules rolls itself up several times and combines with proteins in such a way that it becomes a structure known as a chromosome, and it is visible under microscope. These are human chromosomes taken from a scanning electron microscope

14 Number of chromosomes chromosome centromere chromatids
The number of chromosomes an organism has depends on its species. All species have a characteristic number of chromosomes. The more complex an organism is, the more chromosomes it will have. For example, humans are complex organisms and have 46 chromosomes when bacteria have only one. Chromosomes can be counted and are visible only during the cell division (metaphase) because that is when the DNA is supercoiled and condensed to facilitate distribution into daughter cells becoming into individual chromosomes. They can be coloured using specific techniques to differentiate one from another. The parts of a chromosome are: Chromatid: one of the two identical parts of the chromosome after DNA replication. Centromere: the point where the two chromatids and microtubules attach. In higher organisms each cell usually contains two similar copies of each chromosome. One of this copies is a maternal contribution and the other is a paternal contribution. Together, these are called a homologous pair and each alone is called a homologue. The haploid number of a cell refers to the total number of homologous pairs in a cell (or number of unique chromosomes). In humans it is 23. The diploid number of a cell refers to the total number of chromosomes in a cell and is equal to two times the haploid number. In humans it is 46. If the haploid number is thought of as n, the diploid number would be 2n. Gametes are haploid (n) cells, because they have only one set of chromosomes. Somatic cells are diploid (2n) cells because they have two sets of chromosomes, one from the mother, one from the father. When a male and female gamete join (fertilization), a new diploid organism is formed (n + n = 2n). The Karyotype is the representation of entire metaphase chromosomes in a cell, arranged in order of size. Human Male Karyotype. The black and white banding pattern is due to a particular staining technique used to visualize and identify the chromosomes. centromere chromatids chromosome

15 Genes on Chromosomes Remember that a gene is a segment of DNA. Each gene controls a trait. The alleles are different forms of a gene. Genes are located on chromosomes, which are made up of thousands of genes, there are about in a single cell. Every cell in a body contains an identical set of 46 chromosomes, grouped in 23 pairs. Because genes are a part of chromosomes, they also come in pairs, and each gene pair works together to control a specific function or activity within cell. In other words, each one of us has two copies of every gene. One set of copies is inherited from our mother, the other from our father. Each chromosome in a pair has the same genes but may have different alleles for some genes and the same alleles for others. Notice that each chromosome in the pair has the same genes. This genes are lined up in the same order on both chromosomes. However, the alleles for some of the genes might be different. For example, the organism has the A allele on one chromosome and the a allele on the other. As you can see, this organism is heterozygotic for some traits and homozygotic for others. The molecular gene is a definite sequence of bases in the DNA chain wich together code for the production of a particular protein. A difference in the sequence of bases between two copies of a gene would mean that these two copies are different alleles.

16 4.- MUTATIONS Structural mutations Numerical mutations Mutations
Mutation is a change in the DNA of a cell, which is produced spontaneously and randomly. Mutations can cause a cell to produce an incorrect protein during protein synthesis. As a result, the organism’s trait, or phenotype, may be different from what it normally would have been. Mutations appear naturally, but their frequency can be significantly increased by the action of chemical products or radiations. These factors are known as mutagenic agents. Types of mutations Structural: some mutations are the result of small changes in an organism’s hereditary material. For example, a single base may be substituted for another , or one or more bases may be removed from a section of DNA. This type of mutation can occur during the DNA replication process. Numerical: they involve the loss or gain of one or more chromosomes. This type of mutation may occur when chromosomes don’t separate correctly during meiosis. The cell could also end up with extra segments of chromosomes. When this type of mutation occurs, the individual suffers a series of alterations and symptoms which are known by the name of syndrome. The most well- known are: Down’s syndrome or trisomy 21: an extra chromosome number 21. Klinefelter: 44 + XXY Turner: 44 + X0 Numerical mutations

17 Effects of Mutations Because mutations can introduce changes in an organism, they can be a source of genetic variety. A mutation is harmful to an organism if it reduces the organism’s chance for survival and reproduction. Whether a mutation is harmful or not depends pertly on the organism’s environment. The mutation that led to the production of a white animal (albinism) would probably be harmful to an organism in the wild.The animal’s white colour would make it more visible, and thus easier for predators to find. However,,a white animal in a zoo has the same chance for survival as a brown animal. In a zoo, the mutation neither helps nor harms the animal. Helpful mutations, on the other hand, improve an organism’s chances for survival and reproduction. Antobiotic resistance in bacteria is an example. Antibiotics are chemicals that kill bacteria. Gene mutations have enabled some kinds of bacteria to become resistant to certain antibiotics, that is, the antibiotics do not kill the bacteria that have the mutations. The mutations have improved the bacteria’s ability to survive and reproduce. Albinism: lack of pigment in the skin, eyes as a result of a mutation. Different morphological mutations in Fruit Flies (Drosophila melanogaster). This fly is a favorite “model” organism for genetics research.

18 5.- HUMAN INHERITANCE Patterns of Human Inheritance
Single genes with two alleles: a number of human traits are controlled by a single gene with one dominant allele and one recessive allele.These human traits have two distinctly differents phenotypes, or physical appearances. For example, a widow’s peak is a hairline that comes to a point in the middle of the forehead. Single genes with multiple alleles: some human traits are controlled by a single gene that has more than two alleles. Such a gene is said to have multiple alleles, three or more forms of a gene that code for a single trait. Human blood type is controlled by a gene with multiple alleles. There are four main blood types: A, B, AB and O. Three alleles control the inheritance of blood types. The allele for blood type A and the allele for blood type B are codominant. The allele for blood type O is recessive. There are six possible genotypes which give rise to the four blood groups. Traits controlled by many genes. Polygenic inheritance: some human traits show a large number of phenotypes because the traits are controlled by many genes. For example, at least four genes control heigh in humans, so there are many possible combinations of genes and alleles. Skin colour is another human trait that is controlled by many genes. Widow’s peak Punnet Square This Punnet Square shows a cross between two parents with widow’s peaks who are heterozygotics for this trait. The allele for a widow’s peak is dominant (W) over the allele for a straight hairline. Blood groups in humans Genotypes Phenotypes AA Blood group A AO BB Blood group B BO AB Blood group AB Blood group O Many phenotypes Skin colour in humans is determined by three or more genes.

19 Sex chromosomes and fertilization
As this cross shows, there is a 50% probability that a child will be a girl and a 50% probability that a child will be a boy. The sex chromosomes A human somatic cell contains two sets of homologous chromosomes, which may be divided into two types: there is a pair with different chromosomes, the sex chromosomes or heterochromosomes. The other chromosomes are the same and are called autosomes. The sex chromosomes carry genes that determine whether a person is male or female. They also carry genes that determine other traits. Girl or Boy? The sex chromosomes are the only chromosome pair that do not always match. If you are girl, your two sex chromosomes match. The two chromosomes are called X chromosomes. If you are boy, your sex chromosomes do not match. One of them is an X chromosome, and the other is a Y chromosome. The Y chromosome is much smaller than the X chromosome. Sex chromosomes and fertilization Since both of a female’s sex chromosomes are X chromosomes, all eggs carry one X chromosome. Males, however, have two different sex chromosomes. Therefore, half of a male’s sperm cells carry an X chromosome, while half carry a Y chromosome. When a sperm cell with an X chromosome fertilizes an egg, the egg has two X chromosomes. The fertilizated egg will develop into a girl. When a sperm with a Y chromosome fertilizes an egg, the egg has one X chromosome and one Y chromosome. The fertilized egg will develop into a boy. This means that, depending on the sperm which intervenes inthe fertilization of the egg, the future individual will be male or female.

20 The Sex-Linked Genes The genes for some human traits are carried on the sex chromosomes. Genes on the X and Y chromosomes are often called sex-linked genes because their alleles are passed from parent to child on a sex chromosome. Traits controlled by sex-linked genes are called sex-linked traits. One sex-linked trait is red-green colorblindness. A person with this trait cannot distinguish between red and green. Unlike most chromosome pairs, the X and Y chromosomes have different genes. Most of the genes on the X chromosome are not on the Y chromosome. Therefore, an allele on an X chromosome may have no corresponding allele on a Y chromosome. Like other genes, sex-linked genes can have dominant and recessive alleles. In females, a dominant allele on the other X chromosome will mask a recessive allele on the other X chromosome. But in males, there is usually no matching allele on the Y chromosome to mask the allele on the X chromosome. As a result, any allele on the X chromosome, even a recessive allele, will produce the trait in a male who inherits it. Because males have only one X chromosome, males are more likely than females to have a sex-linked trait that is controlled by a recessive allele. Hemophilia: It is agenetic disorder in which a person’s blood clots very slowly or not at all. People with this disorder do not produce one of the proteins needed for normal blood clotting. Hemophilia is also caused by a recessive allele on the X chromosome. Because it is a sex-linked disorder, it occurs more frequently in males than in females.

21 One important tool that genetics use to trace the inheritance of traits in humans is a pedigree. It is a chart or “family tree” that tracks which members of a family have a particular trait. The figure above shows the Queen Victoria-Family Tree tracing the inheritance of hemophilia in this family. Hemophilia played an important role in Europe’s history. It became known as the “Royal disease” bacause it spread to the royal families of Europa through Victoria’s descendants.


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