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Science: Genes and Traits

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Organism
Any living thing
inherited trait
A characteristic that is passed from parent to offspring.
dominant trait
A trait that appears even if an organism has only one factor for the trait
recessive trait
A trait that appears only when both parents has the factors for the trait to pass on. This trait is weaker than the other.
learned behavior
behavior that develops from observation of instruction rather than being passed down from parents.
Offspring
Product of reproduction, a new organism produced by one or more parents
Trait
a characteristic of an organism
heredity
Passing of characteristics from one generation to another.
Gene
part of chromosomes and contains the DNA code that we inherit from our parents.
Phenotype
the set of observable characteristics that you inherit due to your genes
Instincts
behaviors that animals know how to do without being taught
Migration
instinctive seasonal movement of animals
hibernation
a long period of inactivity that is like sleeping
social behavior
the interaction between animals of the same species
acquired characteristics
a feature of a living thing that is caused by its environment