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What is the difference between mitosis and meiosis?

Mitosis produces 2 identical daughter cells, while meiosis produces 4 daughter cells (gametes) with genetic variation


How many chromosomes, chromatids, and DNA molecules are there after S phase and during G2 phase of mitosis?

There are 46 chromosomes, 92 chromatids, and 46 DNA molecules


What are centrosomes?

Centrosomes are structures made of y-tubulin, that migrate to opposite ends of the cell and make it bi-polar - from here, mitotic spindles segregate the chromatids into seperate daughter cells to ensure there are 46 chromosomes per cell


How have taxols proved successful in targeting cancer cells?

Taxols disrupt the growth of the microtubules, meaning that they cannot pull sister chromatids apart and so cannot form 2 viable daughter cells


What is interesting about the number of centrosomes in a cancer cell?

They usually have more than 2


How may a cancer cell propagate in spite of having more than 2 centrosomes?

They cluster the spare centrosomes in other compartments of the cell, which do not interfere with cell division


How have modern therapeutic techniques been able to target the increased number of centromeres in a cancer cell? Why does it not affect normal cells?

Modern drugs may inhibit centrosome clustering, meaning that cancer cells will not be dividing into viable daughter cells and will die - this doesn't affect normal cells as they have 2 centrosomes, and will continue to divide normally


What are the cell cycle checkpoints? Where do they occur?

The cell cycle check points are points that assess environmental factors, ensuring they are appropriate before beginning the next stage of the cell division cycle - they occur towards the end of G1 & G2


What is the function of cohesin?

Cohesin holds the homologous sister chromatids together, ensuring they do not become seperated before they are moved into their respective daughter cells


How many sub-units comprise cohesin?



What is the difference between homozygous and heterozygous?

Homozygous states that the 2 alleles of a gene inherited by an individual are the same, while heterozygous states that the 2 alleles of a gene inherited by an individual are different


What is hemizygous?

There is only one allele of a gene, on the X chromosome (therefore only males express this type of inheritance)


In a heterozygote, how is it determined which allele is expressed?

Now allele is dominant, while the other is recessive


What is co-dominance?

This relates to heterozygotes where neither allele is dominant or recessive, and so both alleles are expressed


What is the risk percentage of 2 carriers of a recessive disease having a child has the disease phenotype?



In a heterozygous recessive disease, how many alleles are required for an individual to exhibit the disease phenotype?

Both alleles (2)


In a heterozygous dominant disease, how many alleles are required for an individual to express the disease phenotype?

Just 1 (the disease) dominant allele


Name 1 disease that is the result of a recessive allele. What is the mutation that occurs?

Cystic fibrosis - a mutation in the CFTR gene - F508 is the most common mutation, which leads to the loss of a phenylalanine at position 508 of the CFTR protein


What can you say about the parents of an individual with an autosomal dominant disease?

At least one of the parents will also express the disease phenotype


Why are X-linked recessive diseases more common in males?

They only need to inherit 1 allele (as they only inherit 1 maternal X chromosome) in order to inherit the disease


Can males with an X-linked recessive disorder pass it on to their sons? Why?

No - they will only pass their Y chromosome to their sons - the sons won't inherit an X chromosome from their father


What is the chance the a heterozygous female carrier of an X-linked recessive disorder will pass the disorder onto their male offspring? Why?

50% - there is a 50% chance the son will inherit either allele (as they will also inherit their Y chromosome from their father)


How may you be able to infer whether is X-linked or not by a brief look at a pedigree diagram?

An unequal distribution of the disorder between males and females


What does whether a disorder is monogenic or polygenic refer to?

Whether the disorder is directly the result of a singular genetic abnormality or whether multiple genetic abnormalities result in a disorder


How are mitochondrial diseases inherited?

Maternally (through the mother)


In what manner is albinism inherited? Is it monogenic or polygenic?

In a recessive manner - it is apolygenic disorder


What makes some disorders more likely to be the result of polygenic inheritance?

Their proximity (i.e. how close they are) of the genes on a particular chromosome


What are 2 homologous chromatids called?



What is the short arm of a chromosome referred as? What is a long arm referred as?

The short arm is called the p arm - the long arm is called the q arm


What repeat sequence is associated with telomeres?