Ch 8: Mendelian Concepts for the MCAT: Tutoring Solution

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Learning objectives

  • Describe the genetic properties of alleles, including wild types.
  • Define and apply Mendel's laws of segregation and independent assortment.
  • Identify the exceptions to independent assortment and simple dominance.
  • Learn about the inheritance patterns found in human pedigree analysis.
  • Explain how gene pools work.
  • Differentiate between dominant and recessive genes.
  • Become familiar with genetic research methods.

13 Lessons in Chapter 8: Mendelian Concepts for the MCAT: Tutoring Solution
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Genetics: Heredity, Traits & Chromosomes

1. Genetics: Heredity, Traits & Chromosomes

We view manipulation of genes in our crops and livestock as a recent development. Yet, man has been manipulating the genetic makeup of his food for thousands of years through cultivation and breeding. This lesson will begin to help you understand how genetics works.

Properties of Alleles

2. Properties of Alleles

What is a dominant phenotype and how will it affect Adrian's flying hamster research? Tune in as he studies homozygous and heterozygous genotypes and the phenotypes they produce.

Mendel's First Law: The Law of Segregation

3. Mendel's First Law: The Law of Segregation

Breaking up is a hard thing to do, but homologous chromosomes always go their separate way. What effect does chromosome segregation have on genetics? We look once more to Adrian's flying hamsters for answers.

Application of Mendel's First Law

4. Application of Mendel's First Law

Hollywood Squares? No, it's Punnett Squares! Those wacky diagrams are a geneticist's best friend. See how they turn geneticists into soothsayers, predicting the genotypic and phenotypic future.

Mendel's Second Law: The Law of Independent Assortment

5. Mendel's Second Law: The Law of Independent Assortment

Understanding how Mendel's law of independent assortment describes inheritance of genes is as easy as flipping a coin. Grab a few coins, cue up the video and see how.

Mendel's Dihybrid Cross Example: Practice & Ratio

6. Mendel's Dihybrid Cross Example: Practice & Ratio

Oh no! Twice the genes and sixteen genotypes - a dihybrid cross seems overwhelming to understand. Never fear though, Punnett squares will save the day!

Exceptions to Simple Dominance: Codominance and Incomplete Dominance

7. Exceptions to Simple Dominance: Codominance and Incomplete Dominance

Have you ever wondered what it means if someone is a universal donor or acceptor of blood? See how genetic interactions play a key role in this trait.

Exceptions to Independent Assortment: Sex-Linked and Sex-Limited Traits

8. Exceptions to Independent Assortment: Sex-Linked and Sex-Limited Traits

More men are color blind compared women. But often, not every brother, cousin or uncle in a family tree is color blind. Why not? How can genetics explain this seemingly complex inheritance pattern?

Pedigree Analysis in Human Genetics: Inheritance Patterns

9. Pedigree Analysis in Human Genetics: Inheritance Patterns

So you've learned what a pedigree is and how to read or even create one. Now you're ready to learn how to analyze a pedigree and figure out what kind of inheritance pattern a genetic condition follows!

Pedigree Analysis in Human Genetics: Tutorial

10. Pedigree Analysis in Human Genetics: Tutorial

One of the oldest genetic techniques is pedigree analysis, and yet it is still used every day all around the world by doctors, geneticists, and genetic counselors. Building and reading a pedigree is actually fairly easy if you know what the symbols mean. In fact, it's so easy that you can learn how to do it in less than ten minutes if you watch this video!

Dominant vs. Recessive Alleles

11. Dominant vs. Recessive Alleles

Watch this video lesson to learn about Mendelian inheritance. It explains why we have the eye color that we have as well as the reason that some people have certain disorders and others don't.

Genetic Implications of the Gene Pool

12. Genetic Implications of the Gene Pool

This lesson explores the relationship between the gene pool, genetic diversity, as well as factors such as population size and inbreeding and their effect on the gene pool.

Human Genetics Research Methods: Pedigrees and Population Genetics

13. Human Genetics Research Methods: Pedigrees and Population Genetics

Have you ever wondered how people study human genetics? Do you know what a pedigree or a complex disease is? In this lesson you'll learn about some of the techniques that human geneticists use and what pedigrees and complex diseases have to do with human genetics.

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