Biology Genetics 9th grade

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threadlike structures made of DNA molecules that contain the genes.


Sequence of DNA that codes for protein and thus determines a trait.


(biochemistry) a long linear polymer found in the nucleus of a cell and formed from nucleotides and shaped like a double helix


Part of eukaryotic cell division during which the cell's nucleus divides.


Sex cells


animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum or embryo together with nutritive and protective envelopes


Male reproductive organ.


Feritilized egg.


Process by which the number of chromosomes per cell is cut in half through the seperation of homologous chromosomes in a diploid cell.


development of spermatozoa


development of ova


The male gonads, which produce sperm and secrete male sex hormones.


produces eggs

Homologous Chromosome

one of a matching pair of chromosomes, one inherited from each parent


Term used to refer to a cell that contains both sets of homologous chromosomes.


Term used to refer to a cell that contains only a single set of chromosmes and therfore only a single set of genes.


Scientific study of heredity.

Gregor Mendel

Father of Genetics


the biological process whereby genetic factors are transmitted from one generation to the next


Male part of the flower; made up of an anther and a filament.


the fine spores that contain male gametes and that are borne by an anther in a flowering plant


the female ovule-bearing part of a flower composed of ovary and style and stigma

Self pollination

when sperm cells in pollen fertilize the egg cells in the same flower; seeds that are produced inherit all of their characteristics from the single plant that bore them

Cross pollination

pollen from one flower transfered to the sticky stigma of another flower

Principle of dominant and recessiveness

States some alleles are dominant and others are recessive.


The trait that is most likely to appear in the next generation


The trait that is less likely to appear in the next generation


A mixed gene (Gg)


100% same (GG)

Law of segragation

states that the two alleles for a character segragate when gametes are formed


the particular alleles at specified loci present in an organism


what an organism looks like as a consequence of its genotype


having identical alleles at corresponding chromosomal loci


having dissimilar alleles at corresponding chromosomal loci

Contrasting traits

Traits that differ from eachother, or do not favor each other.

Law of independant assortment

the law that states that genes seperate independantly of one another in meiosis


different forms of a gene

Monohybrid cross

hybridization using a single trait with two alleles (as in Mendel's experiments with garden peas)

Dihybrid cross

hybridization using two traits with two alleles each

Incomplete dominance

Traits that are not fully dominant, nor fully recessive

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