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Homologous Genes: Definition & Types

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If two different genes are homologous, what do they share?

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1. Which of these is not a type of homolog?

2. What event creates orthologous genes?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz has been designed to assess your understanding of homologous genes. You'll be asked to define the characteristics of homologous genes, compare them to other genes, and explain the types of homologous genes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

With these questions, you'll be tested on:

  • What makes a gene homologous
  • Types of genes that are not homologous
  • Paralogous and orthologous genes
  • The creation of orthologous traits

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will also test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about homologous genes
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about paralogous and orthologous genes in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about categorizing types of genes

Additional Learning

For more information about homologous genes, review the lesson associated with this quiz called Homologous Genes: Definition & Types. You'll learn about genes that:

  • Share common ancestors
  • Have evolved independently
  • Are created from speciation
  • Are formed by mutation
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