Genetics is the branch of biology that deals with the transmission and variation of inherited characteristics.

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Genetic linkage greater than 50 centimorgans

Classically, the linkage between two loci can be measured in centimorgans (cM), which represents the percent chance that these two loci will recombine an odd number of times (generating a recombinant ...
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Is the DNA different in each type of cell? What DNA is passed to offspring?

Our body contains many different types of cells and each of those cells have their own DNA (correct me if wrong) like skin cells their own DNA that makes them skin cells instead of muscle cells. So ...
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Follow-up to The Red Queen by Matt Ridley? [closed]

I just finished reading The Red Queen: Sex and the evolution of human nature by Matt Ridley. Since this book is over 20 years old, I was wondering if more recent research made part of the book ...
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Gene centromere distance in yeast tetrads

I'm not getting the formula for calculating distance between a centromere and a gene in a Neurospora tetrad. Formula: Distance(gene to centromere)= 100 * 0.5(tetrads showing MII segregation)/(total ...
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What is the definition of a mutation?

There are two alleles that determine the sensitivity of a person to Coumadin (a medicine for blood thinners used to treat a stroke etc). Sometimes you encounter the terminology that one has a mutation ...
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Crossing over and exon shuffling?

Campbell Biology 10e, in discussing the functions of introns, writes: The presence of introns in a gene may facilitate the evolution of new and potentially beneficial proteins as a result of a ...
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Distinguishing Father from Brother

Given the (non-identical) DNA sequences of two men and the knowledge that the second man is either the father, brother, or son of the first man, is the DNA useful in determining which of these three ...
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Solving a Pedigree Between Heterozygous Half-Cousins

A man who is a known heterozygous carrier of oculocutaneous albinism marries his half-cousin (they share one common grandparent) as shown in the pedigree below. This trait is transmitted as a fully ...
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How should one interpret heritability? Is it related to $R^2$?

From Wiki: Heritability estimates are often misinterpreted if it is not understood that they refer to the proportion of variation between individuals on a trait that is due to genetic factors. It ...
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XNAs as a Genetic material [closed]

I heard there is a new genetic material called XNAs.I wanted to know more about this.Does anyone about XNAs as genetic material?
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Is the relative amount off junk DNA a measure of an organisms complexity? [closed]

A rice plant contains as much active DNA (protein coding) as a human being. Can this be a sign that the more junk DNA the nucleus of a cell contains, the more complex the organism is that develops?
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Explain allelic complementation at molecular level

I know that Allelic complementation is a phenomenon where two recessive loss-of-function allele generate a functional gene product by compensating each others' defect. But I don't get how do they ...
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Can heritability be deduced from a correlation coefficient?

I am trying to understand the concept of heritability and from what I can gather, the heritability of a factor (say birth weight) must be closely related to the correlation coefficient of that factor ...
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Was the frequency of mutations more during primitive earth due to radioactivity?

Primitive earth was more radioactive (or was it really?) according to radiometric analysis of C14 which suddenly appeared at 4250 million years in the Hadeon eon. Is it possible that ancient high ...
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Are scientist able to correct mutiple gene defect in our body by using CRISPR

Are scientist able to correct mutiple gene defect in whole body by using CRISPR recently? AS i know, it is in a beginning stage
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Why does the proportion of transposable elements vary so much across species?

Intuitively, transposable elements (TEs) are harmful as they may cause genome instability. However, some people argue that TEs are also sources of variations, especially regulatory sequences[1]. If ...
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RAD sequencing: choosing the appropriate enzyme?

I’m studying Darwin’s finches genome and I say in some articles that the researchers used restriction enzymes to cut the DNA in their double digest RAD protocol. They are using EcoRI and MseI (GAATTC ...
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Incomplete dominance with gain-of-function allele

Can somebody site an example of incomplete dominance with gain-of-function mutation?
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Growth factors vs. mitogens

According to Campbell Biology, A growth factor is a protein released by certain cells that stimulates other cells to divide. and according to Wikipedia, A mitogen is a chemical substance ...
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What are the major causes of mutations in DNA?

I know that point mutations can change the base sequence of a gene by altering a specific codon that codes for a particular amino acid. Are these mutations purely random events that occur when DNA is ...
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What is the difference between a fixed substitution and a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)?

I recently read a report that stated "We found 430 fixed substitutions […], with an additional 34 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) fixed within individual patients." What is the difference ...
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“Heterozygotic expection” - when heterozygote differs from both homozygotes, but homozygotes are similar

For simple 2-alleles genetic model {a,A} and corresponding quantitative trait Q is typically true that Q(aa)>=Q(aA)>=Q(AA) or conversely Q(AA)>=Q(aA)>=Q(aA). For example, dominance means that Q(...
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What test to apply to detect genomic signatures of selection?

I would like to ask you for your sugestions for selecting a test to detect signatures of selection in the following mouse model: We have three groups: animals exhibiting trait A, trait B and controls....
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Comparing genetics [closed]

Compare the possible effect on an individual of knowing that they have genes predisposing them to type-2 diabetes and the dominant allele that causes Huntington's disease. I am not sure about the way ...
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How difficult is it to make a shRNA/miRNA/siRNA to silence/knockdown NaV1.7 voltage gated sodium channels in humans?

There have been various research projects that experimented with shRNA/miRNA/siRNA to specifically silence/knockdown NaV1.7 voltage gated sodium channels in small animals like rats & guinea pigs. (...
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Why do Major and Minor grooves exist in dna strands? [closed]

I've been trying to find what causes the periodic appearance of major and minor grooves in DNA but have not yet been successful. Geometrical explanations would also be appreciated as I cannot ...
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Gene and alleles

This is a multiple choice question: Consider a gene, ABC, which codes for an enzyme involved in the metabolism of sugars. There are two known alleles of this gene, ABC1 and ABC2. Which statement ...
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Why asexual reproduction?

When I took a course on genetics and evolution, I learned that recombination and sexual reproduction is advantageous compared to asexual reproduction. Sexual reproduction allows more combinations of ...
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Can sexual reproduction create new genetic information?

Is there a small chance that in sexual reproduction a new allele forms in the off-spring that was not present in either of the parents, or are the alleles in the offspring always from at least one of ...
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Is HSV-vector-mediated miRNA expression in dorsal root ganglia stable?

My question is on the following article: "Reduction of voltage gated sodium channel protein in DRG by vector mediated miRNA reduces pain in rats with painful diabetic neuropathy" My question is, do ...
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Problem: What is this pattern of inheritance?

The following question was on a pretest of mine, and I'm trying to figure out the answer using what we've learned about Mendelian and non-Mendelian patterns of inheritance. I'm struggling quite a lot ...
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How to identify genes in Ralstonia that synthesize PHB and promote granule formation?

The compound polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) is of considerable industrial interest as a biodegradable substitute for plastic. PHB is synthesized from glycerol by the bacterium Ralstonia eutropha. PHB ...
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The Semi-Conservative Model of DNA Replication: Question

My Campbell's Biology textbook contains the following diagram related to the semi-conservative model of DNA replication proposed by Watson and Crick. I have highlighted where my confusion arises in ...
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Simple Mendelian sex-linked chromosome fruit fly question

From my molecular biology textbook: When red-eyed flies (dominant) were mated with white-eyed flies (recessive), most, but not all, of the F1 progeny were red eyed. Furthermore, when the red-eyed ...
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Constant or variable number of chiasmata during recombination?

During recombination, is the number of chiasmata consistent for each gamete and are the chiasmata regions consistent within a single organism?
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Is an egg classified based on the species inside it, or by the species that laid it?

Basically what I'm asking is if an animal of species x were to lay an egg, and the animal inside that egg happened to be the first member of a genetically new ...
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How are 23 chromosomes in human sperm chosen?

I'm not biologist and I have just a basic knowledge. I've been thinking for a long time about the following question: How does the body choose which 23 chromosomes should be active in human sperm and ...
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Do identical twins have the same fingerprint?

When there is every thing same from their genes to their phenotype so then why they don't have same fingerprints?
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Pedigree Analysis: Problem

I'm struggling to arrive at the answer to the following question, which appeared on a pre-test of mine and which I am now using to study the material we've learned. According to this helpful video, I ...
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What is allelic effect sizes and direction?

In a paper, Berkley, C. A., and C. Lexer. 2008. Admixture as the basis for genetic mapping. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 23:686–694, the definition of Genetic ...
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What distinguishes Mendelian Inheritance from Non-Mendelian Inheritance?

I'm having some trouble determining what exactly is the difference between Mendelian inheritance and non-Mendelian inheritance. For instance, I understand that chromosomal abnormalities such as Down's ...
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Book Recommendations: GRE Subject Test In Biochemistry, Cell And Molecular Biology

There are probably a lot of really good answers that may vary significantly in terms of content. I'm looking for a set of books that I can read in preparation for the GRE Subject Test In Biochemistry,...
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What is the result of modifying the reagents in the Sanger method?

If one of the dideoxynucleotides is omitted while using the Sanger method how would that affect the chain termination method of DNA sequencing?
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Are the genes for transcriptional factors close to their targets in the genome?

Transcriptional factors (activators and repressors) are proteins which regulate transcription. Being proteins, they themselves are also made from expression of certain DNA sequences/genes. For ...
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Why do ladybugs have a different number of points on their backs

Everytime I see a ladybug I ask myself this question. Why does every ladybug have a different amount of points on its back? Is it because of its age? Or because of its genes? Is it inheritable?
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Why only human have noticeable difference in face? [duplicate]

Our facial appearance is pretty much different from each other unless we are talking about twin. Credit goes to crossing over of chromosome. But why can't we distinguish between other animals of same ...
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Chromosomomal walking

I'm having a great deal of trouble understanding chromosomal walking, especially in regards to this article: Control of male sexual behavior and sexual orientation in Drosophila by the fruitless ...
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Have there been any “chopstick gene” mistakes in genetics? [closed]

I've heard of the "chopstick gene" fallacy - wrongly assuming an association between genetics and some characteristic, confounded by non-genetic factors. Has this fallacy happened in real life? I'm ...
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Is there is difference between “homozygosity” and “homozygosis”? [closed]

Are these just two terms for the same phenomenon, i.e., the state of being homozygous? Merriam-Webster says so, but I know dictionaries sometimes miss the nuance of scientific terms. If they are ...
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Inbred mice has no severe phenotype outcome?

Why does 20 generation of inbred mouse have no particular strange phenotypes, but on the contrary, when on purposely inbreed dogs or tigers for specific phenotype cause severe deformation of the bone ...