What is a pedigree?
A graphic representation of genetic inheritance. A diagram made up of a set of symbols that identify males and females; individuals affected by the trait being studied; and family relationships
Give four examples of dominant heredity?
1) cleft chin
2) widow's peak
3) detached earlobes
4) hitchhikers thumb
What is Huntington's disease?
A lethal genetic disorder caused by a rare dominant allele; It results in the breakdown of certain areas of the brain; normally deadly
What is incomplete dominance?
When the two alleles inherited from the parents are neither dominant nor recessive, but blend together to give a physical trait that is somewhere between the two
How are human blood types determined?
By the presence or absence of certain molecules on the surfaces of red blood cells
What are the three reasons blood type is important?
1) blood transfusions
What defines a recessive pedigree?
When parents do not show the trait, but have children who do; a generation is skipped
How do you know if a recessive pedigree is sex linked?
More males than females affected; Female carriers pass trait on to male sons
How do you know if a recessive pedigree is autosomal?
Roughly equal numbers of males and females are affected; female carriers pass trait on to BOTH sons and daughters equally
How do you know if a dominant pedigree is sex linked?
Male with trait passes the trait to ALL of his daughters
How do you know if a dominant pedigree is autosomal?
Male with trait DOES NOT pass the trait to all of his daughters
What are the 5 autosomal recessive disorders?
2) Cystic Fibrosis
5) Tay-Sachs Disease
How many recessive alleles do you need to inherit to get these disorders? Albinism, Cystic Fibrosis, Galactosemia, Phenylketonuria, Tay-Sachs Disease)
What is Glactosemia?
Accumulation of galactose (a sugar) in tissues; mental retardation, eye and liver damage
What is Phenylketonuria?
Accumulation of phenylalanine in tissues; mental retardation; lacks enzyme that breaks down phenylalanine
What are three Autosomal dominant disorders?
2) Huntington's Disease
What is Huntington's Disease?
Mental retardation and uncontrollable movements; appears in middle age, leads to death
How many dominant alleles do you need to inherit to get these disorders? (Achondroplasia, Huntington's Disease, Hypercholesterolemia)
What are the three sex linked recessive disorders?
1) Color Blindness
3) Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy