Monday, March 12, 2012

Biology: Genetics of Blood Types

This week we continued learning about genetics. Once again we carried out a simulation. However, there were a couple key differences from last week:

  • Last week "parents" produced 1 child with a lot of different traits, and this week "parents" produced MANY kids, focusing only on a single trait.
  • Last week we looked at made up traits, such as star- vs blast-shaped eyes, while this week we looked at a genuine example: ABO blood types in human genetics.
  • Because we had such a large sample size of offspring, we were able to compare the distribution of the different genotypes and phenotypes to what we would predict based on chance alone.

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