Heredity vocabulary

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Genetics
the study of how traits are passed to new
organisms through DNA
Heredity
the passing of traits from parent to offspring
Characteristic
a feature that has different forms in a
population, i.e. height, hair color,
Trait
a specific variation of a genetic characteristic, i.e.
for the characteristic of height, two traits would be tall &
short.
Genes
instructions for inherited traits (a
specific part of the DNA strand)
DNA
genetic material in all living things
that gives instructions to create new
organisms (living things)
chromosomes
A structure in the nucleus of
a cell that is made up of DNA & proteins
dominant
a trait that appears in the FIRST
generation when parents that have different
traits breed
recessive
a trait that appears in the
SECOND generation when parents that have
different traits breed

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