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This can be a revision of the genetics textual content, thoroughly up-to-date and reorganized to mirror the speedy developments within the genetics box. The fourth variation simplifies the presentation of inauspicious innovations with no compromising the text's clinical integrity

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The use of A and a is similar to the way in which a mathematician uses symbols to represent abstract entities of various kinds. In Figure 2-7, these symbols are used to illustrate how Mendel’s model explains the 1 : 2 : 1 ratio. As mentioned in Chapter 1, the members of a gene pair are separated by a slash (/). This slash is used to show us that they are indeed a pair. The whole model made logical sense of the data. However, many beautiful models have been knocked down under test. Mendel’s next job was to test his model.

From E/e ϫ E/e, one-fourth of the progeny will be e/e. Therefore, the overall probability (or expected frequency) of progeny of genotype a/a ; b/b ; c/c ; 1 d/d ; e/e will be 14 ϫ 12 ϫ 14 ϫ 12 ϫ 14 ϭ 256 . So we learn that we need to examine 200 to 300 hundred progeny to stand a chance of obtaining at least one of the desired genotype. This probability calculation can be extended to predict phenotypic frequencies or gametic frequencies. Indeed, there are thousands of other uses for this method in genetic analysis, and we will encounter many in later chapters.

As stated in Chapter 1, the designated genetic constitution of the character or characters under study is called the genotype. Thus, Y/Y and Y/y, for example, are different genotypes even though the seeds of both types are of the same phenotype (that is, yellow). In such a situation, the phenotype is viewed simply as the outward manifestation of the underlying genotype. Note that, underlying the 3 : 1 phenotypic ratio in the F2, there is a 1 : 2 : 1 genotypic ratio of Y/Y : Y/y : y/y. As we noted before, the expressions dominant and recessive are properties of the phenotype.

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