Flashcards in Topic 3- Genetics Deck (26):
What is DNA?
DNA is a chemical that carries genetic information and is found in the chromosomes, which are found in the nucleus of most cells.
What does DNA stand for?
Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid.
What are the 4 complementary base pairs?:
The complementary base pairs join the strands in a double helix of DNA together they are
What base pairs in DNA go together and why?
A-T go together and C-G go together.
This is because between the base pairs there are hydrogen bonds.
Parts of the DNA bases are slightly charged. A slightly negative charged base attracts a slightly positive charged base. THIS FORMS A WEAK HYDROGEN BOND.
What is the shape of DNA?
A molecule of DNA contains 2 strands that form a helix. The two strands are joined together by the complementary base pairs to form a double helix.
What is a genome?
The genome is the entire length of your DNA.
(The nuclei of your cells contain very long molecules of dna each molecule is tightly folded and cooled to make a chromosome.)
What is the DNA code?
The order of bases in a gene contain the coded instructions for a protein. We have different genes because of the slight differences I the order of our bases.
Everyone has different DNA except identical twins.
What does RNA stand for?
In protein synthesis what are the bases and what are the bases
U replaces T so the base pairs are:
Explain the basic steps of transcription in protein synthesis?
1) an enzyme called RNA polymerase attaches to the DNA.
2) It attaches to the DNA in front of a non coding region (called non coding region because it contain ps no code for a protein)
3) The enzyme separates the 2 DNA strands .
4)The enzyme moves along the DNA strand (the template strand) adding complementary nucleotides.
5) The nucleotides link to form a strand of messenger RNA (mRNA).
Describe the basic steps of translation in protein synthesis?
1) The mRNA strand travel out the nucleus through nucleur pores.
2) In the cytoplasm The mRNA strands attach to ribosomes.
3)a ribosome moves along a mRNA stand 3 bases at a time. EACH TRIPLET OF BASES IS CALLED A CODON.
4) At each mRNA codon a molecule of transfer RNA (tRNA) with bases line up.
5) Each tRNA molecule carries a specific amino acid.
6) As the ribosome moves along it joins the amino acids from tRNA molecules together to form a polypeptide chain.
What are Mendel’s 3 laws of inheritance?
-Each gamete receives only one factor for characteristics.
-The version of a factor that a gamete receives is random and does not depend on the other factors in a gamete.
-Some versions of a factor are more powerful than others and always have an effect of the offspring.
What is an allele?
Different forms of the same genes are called alleles
What does homozygous mean?
If both alleles for 1 gene are the same an organism is homozygous for that gene. This is the more dominant.
What does heterozygous mean?
If alleles are different for one gene. This is the less dominant genotype.
Describe what phenotype and genotypes are?
Genotype: The allele of an organism.(Its gene)
Phenotype: What an organism looks like.
When are recessive characteristics seen?
A recessive characteristic is only seen if both alleles are recessive.
In punnet squares what letters represent male female ?
The egg cell contains X chromosomes and the sperm contains X&Y chromosomes.
IT IS THE SPERM CELL THAT DETERMINES THE SEX OF THE OFFSPRING.
What is the ABO blood group?
Everyone’s blood is one of four blood groups. A, B, AB, O. Which blood group you have is determined by weather you have a certain ‘marker molecule’ on the outside of your red blood cells.
The marker molecules are A, B, O.
What does co-dominant mean and give an example?
Co-dominance occurs when both the alleles for a gene affect the phenotype.
A person with a (blood) genotype I and I Shoe the affects of both blood groups AB.
What is melanin?
The OCA2 gene controls the amount of melanin produced. Melanin is a protein that controls the colour of hair skin and eye colour and the darkness of it.
The more melanin someone has the darker their hair skin and eye colour.
When do mutations occur?
Mutations can be caused by:
- a change in the bases of genes
-When DNA is not copied properly in cell division
THIS IS MORE LIKELY TO HAPPEN IF THERE IS DAMAGE TO THE DNA BY RADIATION CERTAIN SUBSTANCES.
What are the 3 possible phenotypic outcomes from a genetic mutation?
- A genetic mutation results in no change to the phenotype.
- a genetic mutation could result in a small change to the phenotype.
- a genetic mutation can rarely, lead to a large change in the phenotype.
How is genetic variation caused?
This is caused by different alleles inherited during sexual reproduction.
What are polypeptides and how are they made?
As the ribosomes move along the DNA it joins the amino acids from the tRNA molecules together forming a polypeptide.
A POLYPEPTIDE IS A CHAIN OF AMINO ACIDS.