Ch 36: Understanding Human Genetics

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Increase your knowledge of heritability, blood type, genetic disorders, and more. These lessons on human genetics can help you complete a class project or get ready to ace an exam.

Understanding Human Genetics - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter provide an overview of human genetics. You'll review sex determination, chromosomal rearrangement, and DNA. You'll also gain an understanding of how blood types are passed from parents to their children. After completing the chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Discuss Mendelian and non-Mendelian traits passed down through generations
  • Explain how scientists study heritability
  • Recall differences in the four human blood types
  • Express the importance of Rh blood compatibility during pregnancy
  • Discuss X-inactivation as part of complex chromosomal processes
  • List different genetic disorders
  • Explain how polygenic inheritance influences development

These lessons help you quickly get up to speed on human genetics. You can review all the lessons in order, or just look at the ones that cover the topics you need to review. A brief multiple-choice quiz is available for each lesson to test your knowledge, and you can print the quizzes as worksheets.

10 Lessons in Chapter 36: Understanding Human Genetics
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Mendelian & Non-Mendelian Traits in Humans: Definition & List

1. Mendelian & Non-Mendelian Traits in Humans: Definition & List

Mendelian traits are physical characteristics passed down from parents based on dominant and recessive alleles. This lesson will go into more detail about what Mendelian and non-Mendelian traits are and how they are passed down through generations with examples of each.

Using Twin Studies to Determine Heritability

2. Using Twin Studies to Determine Heritability

A twin can be more than a built-in buddy for life. Scientists can use monozygotic and dizygotic twin pairs to study the heritability of just about anything, from cancer to behavior.

Blood Type Inheritance in Humans

3. Blood Type Inheritance in Humans

This lesson explains differences among the four blood types in humans: A, B, AB, and O. It also shows how these blood types are passed from parents to children.

Rh Blood Group, Rh Factor & Erythroblastosis Fetalis

4. Rh Blood Group, Rh Factor & Erythroblastosis Fetalis

Rh factor is a red blood cell antigen found in most people. Those with Rh factor are Rh positive, while those without are Rh negative. In this lesson you will learn about Rh blood compatibility and its importance during pregnancy.

Sex Determination, X-Inactivation, and Barr Bodies

5. Sex Determination, X-Inactivation, and Barr Bodies

Sex determination, X-inactivation and Barr bodies are complex chromosomal processes. Learn more about each of these processes and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Chromosomal Rearrangement

6. Chromosomal Rearrangement

Have you ever switched out one thing for another or traded places with someone? Our chromosomes can do this, too. This lesson tells you how as we go over chromosomal rearrangements!

What are Genetic Disorders? - Definitions & Descriptions

7. What are Genetic Disorders? - Definitions & Descriptions

This lesson defines genetic disorders and explores three main types of genetic disorders, including monogenetic disorders, chromosome disorders, and multifactorial inheritance disorders. You'll learn about genes, chromosomes, DNA, and much more!

Types of Genetic Disorders: Definitions & Symptoms

8. Types of Genetic Disorders: Definitions & Symptoms

Cystic fibrosis, Huntington's disease, Tay-Sachs disease, sickle cell disease, Down syndrome, and cancer all have something in common. They are all genetic disorders, and we will discuss why they may occur and what problems they might cause.

Sex-Linked Traits on the X and Y Chromosomes

9. Sex-Linked Traits on the X and Y Chromosomes

The sex chromosome you inherit from your parents determines whether you are male or female. But many genes are carried on these chromosomes as well, and the inheritance of this genetic information works a bit differently.

The Influence of Sex-Linked and Polygenic Inheritance on Development

10. The Influence of Sex-Linked and Polygenic Inheritance on Development

What is sex-linked inheritance? What influence does it have on human development? What does it mean if a trait is polygenic? Learn the answers to these questions as this lesson explores this area of genetic inheritance.

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