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Describe Asexual reproduction

-Done by mitosis
-No fusion of gametes
-No mixing of genetic information
-Leads to genetically identical offspring
-Only 1 parent


Describe sexual reproduction

-Fusion of male and female gametes
-Gametes are formed by meiosis which leads to the formation of non-identical cells (sperm and egg cells in mammals / Pollen and egg cells in plants)
-Mixing of genetical information that leads to variation in the offspring


What is a genome ?

The entire genetic material of an organism


Why is studying the human genome important ?

-Medication for genetical may be developed
-Genetic modification to benefit future generations


What is DNA ?

-The composition of genetic material in the nucleus
-A polymer made up of two strands forming a double helix


What is a gene ?

-A small section of DNA on a chromosome
-Each gene codes for a particular sequence of amino acids to make a specific protein


What do the following terms mean:

Homozygote: An individual with two identical alleles for a characteristic
Heterozygote: An individual with different alleles for a characteristic
Genotype: Describes the alleles present or genetic makeup of an individual regarding a particular characteristic
Phenotype: The physical appearance of an individual regarding a particular characteristic e.g. black or brown fur in a mouse


What is a dominant and recessive allele ?

Dominant: Only one of these allele must be present to control the characteristic, often represented with a capital letter
Recessive: Both alleles must be present in order to control the characteristic, often represent with a lower case equivalent of the letter


Name 2 genetic diseases and how they are inherited

Polydactyly, development of extra body part e.g. finger:
-Caused by a dominant allele which can be inherited from both parents
Cystic Fibrosis, prevents movement of certain substances in the body leading to a build up of thick mucus:
-inherited via a recessive allele


How can genetical diseases be discovered before a baby is born ?

Genetic Screening:
-Amniocentesis carried out at 15-16 weeks of pregnancy, involves taking fluid around foetus and developing foetus. This fluid contains. Fetal cells which can be used for screening
-Chronic villus sampling done between 10-12 weeks of pregnancy by takin a sample of tissue from the developing placenta which provides fetal cells to screen