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Ch. 4: Modern Genetics Sect. 1: Human Inheritance Sect. 2: Human Genetic Disorders Sect. 3: Advances in Genetics

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Ch. 4: Modern Genetics

Ch. 4: Modern GeneticsSect. 1: Human InheritanceSect. 2: Human Genetic DisordersSect. 3: Advances in Genetics

Sect. 1: Human InheritanceTraits are inherited through 3 inheritance patterns.Single gene with 2 allelesSingle gene with multiple allelesMultiple genes working together

Single genes with 2 alleles.Dominant vs. Recessive.Examples: Widows Peak, Sickle Cell Anemia, Huntingtons Disease.Single genes with multiple alleles.Multiple alleles are 3 or more forms of a genes that code for a specific trait.Example: Blood types: A, B, & OA & B are codominant, O is recessive.Blood type gene found on Chromosome 9Multiple genes that work together to produce a trait also known as polygenic genes.Skin colorControlled by 6 genes; 3 received from each parent.HeightTotal number that control height unknown Current thinking is that there is at least 8; 4 from each parent.Body Build

Sex chromosomesChromosomes that carry genes that determine the sex of a newborn as well as other genes.The 23rd pair of chromosomes.Female sex chromosomes (XX): X-received from mom, X-received from dad.Egg cell contains only X chromosomes.Male sex chromosomes (XY): X-received from mom, Y-received from dad.X chromosome substantially bigger than Y chromosome.Gene located on Y, called the SRY gene initiates the release of testosterone during embryonic development to turn embryo into a male.Sperm cell contains either an X or a Y chromosome.

Sex-linked genesGenes carried on the X or Y chromosomes.Unlike the other 22 pairs of chromosomes, X & Y chromosomes do not have all the same genes.Sex-linked traitsTraits that are controlled by genes found on either the X or the Y chromosome.Example: Colorblindness: inability to distinguish between certain colors.Red-Green colorblindnessBlue-Yellow colorblindnessAchromatopsia (Total colorblindness): inability to see any colors.

Example: Facial Hair Gene for facial hair is found on the X chromosome & is recessive.Example: Hemophilia Video- A day in the life ofGenetic disorder in which the blood clots slowly or does not clot properly resulting in excessive bleeding when injured.Gene for hemophilia is found on the X chromosome & is recessive.Example: Male-patterned baldnessGene for hair loss is found on the X chromosome & is dominant.Example: Retinitis pigmentosaGenetic disorder in which a person gradually loses their eyesight eventually becoming blind.Gene found on the X chromosome & is a dominant gene.Example: Muscular DystrophyGenetic disorder in which a person gradually lose muscle control throughout the body.

Because females have 2 X chromosomes typically they are only carriers for sex-linked genetic disorders.Carrier: A person who has both a dominant & recessive allele for a trait & does not express the trait.Because males only have 1 X chromosome if the trait is located on their 1 X, they have the trait. If it is not located on their 1 X, they dont have the trait.Example: H: non-hemophilia, h: hemophiliaXHXh (female with hemophilia but a carrier)XhY (male with hemophilia)Environmental factors can also influence the expression of traits.Lack of exercise.Proper diet.Intake of proper amounts of proteins.Intake of proper amounts of minerals.Intake of proper amounts of vitamins.

Sect. 2: Human Genetic DisordersGenetic DisordersA genetic disorder is an abnormal condition that a person inherits through genes & chromosomes.Causes of genetic disordersMutations in the DNA of genesSubstitution, deletion, or addition of nitrogen base pairs in the genetic code.Changes in the overall structure or number of chromosomes.Caused by the failure of chromosomes to separate properly during meiosis.

Examples of Genetic DisordersCystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder in which thick mucus is produced within the lungs & intestines.Caused by the deletion of 3 nitrogen base pairs from the DNA molecule. Day in the life of...2.Sickle-Cell Anemia is a genetic disorder in which the red blood cells form a sickle cell shape instead of the usual round shape.Caused by the substitution of 1 nitrogen base pair in the DNA molecule that cause the hemoglobin protein to form incorrectly.

Hemophilia: disorder in which a persons body does not clot properly due to the lack of the production of a specific protein.Caused because of a recessive gene found on the X chromosome.Hemophilia is more common in males than females.There are 2 primary types.Hemophilia A occurs in about 1 in 5,000 10,000 male births.Hemophilia B occurs in about 1 in 20,000 34,000 male births.

Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder in which a person has 3 copies of chromosome 21.Caused by the failure of chromosome 21 to separate during Meiosis.Typically the mothers chromosome-21.Also called Trisomy-21Albinism is a genetic disorder in which a person does not produce substantial amounts of pigment within their skin, eyes, or hair.Albinism results from inheritance of a recessive gene and is known to affect all organisms including humans.

Genetic counselorsProfessionals that work with prospective parents to determine the likelihood of producing offspring with particular traits.Tools used by genetic counselorsPunnett SquaresKaryotype: a picture of all 46 chromosomes arranged in matching pairs.PedigreeChart or family tree that tracks which members have a particular trait.Circles represent female members of the family.Fully shaded means a person has the trait.Half shaded means a person is a carrier for the trait.Unshaded means a person does not have the trait.Sect. 3: Advance in GeneticsSelective breeding.Selective breeding is the process of selecting a few organisms with desired traits to serve as parents of the next generation. Types selective breeding techniques.Inbreeding is a technique in which 2 individuals with similar sets of alleles & traits breed in hopes of maintaining those traits/alleles in the next generation. Examples: Domestic turkeys, Purebred dogs, Championship race horses.


Hybridization is a technique in which 2 breeders with different sets of alleles & traits breed in hopes of getting the best traits/alleles from both species in the next generation.Disadvantage of hybrids most hybrid species cannot reproduce.Mule: cross between Horse & DonkeyLiger: cross between Lion & TigerGolden Labrador CloningMini A clone is an organism that has the exact same genes as the organism from which it was produced. Identical twins are natural occurring clones.

Genetic engineeringGenetic engineering is the transfer of a gene from the DNA of one organism into another organism in order to produce an organism with desired traits.Bacterial engineering (For diabetes) Scientists remove plasmids, small rings of DNA, from bacterial cells.An enzyme cuts open the plasmid DNA. The same enzyme removes the human insulin gene from its chromosome.The human insulin gene attaches to the open ends of the plasmid to form a closed ring.Some bacterial cells take up the plasmids that have the insulin gene.When the cell reproduce, the new cell will contain copies of the engineered plasmid. The foreign gene directs the cell to produce human insulin.Genetic engineering (GMO) has been used to incorporate genes into plants to make them resistant to frost, produce more offspring, change color, texture & taste.Genetic engineering (GMO) has been used to incorporate genes into animals to make themBigger, faster, & stronger.Cows: produce more milk, produce more muscle tissueGene therapyProcess in which scientist attempt to remove or fix a faulty gene or chromosome by replacing it with a correctly functioning gene.Concerns about genetic engineeringLong term safety effects to humans of genetically engineered food & animals.Concern that people will be able to engineer offspring.Concern that engineering specific traits could eventually leave organisms ill prepared to handle any future changes.

Human Genome ProjectThe Human Genome Project was a multinational scientific endeavor to study the human genome.Genome is the term that refers to all the DNA contained in 1 cell of an organism.Sponsored by various world governments & companies to determineThe number of genes in the human genetic code.The function of the genes in the human genetic code.The location of the genes in the human genetic code.Goal is to use this information to better understand, diagnose, treat, and possibly prevent genetic disorders and their effects.It began in 1990 and was completed in 2003.Total US investment over the 13 years is approximately 3 billion dollars.