• January 4th, 2017

Answer the questions

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A) Review the two lecture notes on genetics (The Structure of DNA and The Inheritance of Traits). Be sure to look at video clips and other links embedded in the notes. If you have questions on any aspect of either set of notes, please post them in the course questions discussion forum.

B) Pick one condition/trait described in the National Human Genome Research Institute of the NIH, Specific Genetic Disorders: www.genome.gov/10001204. You may choose a trait that is mentioned in the lecture notes (other than Huntington’s Disease) or any other trait that interests you, perhaps because you or someone you know has it.

C) What is the phenotype (or range of phenotypes) of those with the condition/trait? Can you find/describe any examples of people with such conditions/traits online?

D) How is the condition/trait inherited? Is it Mendelian trait (caused by a recessive or dominant allele)? Is it sex-linked? Is more than one gene implicated in the trait? Do we know?

E) What is the relationship between genotype and phenotype with respect to this trait? (See slides on Penetrance and Expressivity).

F) Are there any advocacy groups and on-line support groups for the condition? For example, see Genetics and Rare Conditions site http://www.kumc.edu/gec/support/index.html

G) Did this exercise raise any questions for you?

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