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Genetics Midterm Study Guide

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Genetics Midterm Study Guide BIOL 3250

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Date Created: 10/06/16
Genetics Midterm Study Guide *Review: Top Hat Questions Applications of Why to Study Genetics: •   everyone has genes (23,000; 23 pairs of chromosomes) •   biomedical field is leaning towards sequencing genomes to produce specific medicines •   Human Genome Project- started 1990 o   goal: to decode genome- all of DNA found within all chromosomes (about 3 billion nucleotides) o   first published sequence was released in 2003 o   first one took three years and cost billions; now can be done in less than a week and costs less than $1000; shows how far we’ve come in the past 13 years o   Main Question: How do defective genes cause disease? •   Requires multiple fields; Bioinformatics: computer science, statistics, and biology DNA •   Deoxyribonucleic acid wraps around proteins which forms chromosomes •   DNA can form proteins, which are the workers of the cell, through translation (DNA à (via RNA polymerase) mRNA à (via tRNA) amino acids, which make up proteins •   Mapping human genome requires knowing every location of genes within chromosomes o   Cracking the Code of Life: notice the different organizations did this in a different manner •   How long is all of the DNA in our body combined? o   Each strand of DNA is 6 ft. o   37.2 trillion cells in the human body o   223.2 trillion feet of DNA in the human body (equal to 70 trips from the sun and back; the distance from earth to Pluto) Controversial Genetic Technologies -Knowledge of genetic specifics in individuals may lead to negative effects •   DNA Fingerprinting- largely in question, but now more well-accepted •   Mammalian cloning o   First mammal cloned- Ian Wilmut et al.- Dolly the sheep; 1997 o   Fears that this will be applied to humans led to legislative bands on human cloning Genetic Technologies •   Can allow for modifying animals in various ways o   ex. process for mice to glow green, used as a tracer to identify genes Chapter 1: The Relationship Between Genes and Traits •   Interdisciplinary study of heredity and variation within biology •   Gene- segment of DNA that produces a functional product such as a polypeptide o   Only 1%-2% of genes code for proteins o   Genes provide the blueprint that leads to traits within organisms; traits are the characteristics •   Living cells are composed of biochemicals o   Nucleic acids, proteins, and carbohydrates are all macromolecules; polymers constructed from monomers DNA Stores Information for Protein Synthesis •   DNA contained in large structures called chromosomes (DNA and proteins) •   DNA is a polymer of nucleotides, which contains nitrogenous bases (adenine, thymine, cytosine, and guanine); sequence stores information to form proteins o   Types of proteins: §   Structural: tubulin- forms microtubules, which play a role in shape and movement §   Contractile: myosin- muscle contraction §   Hormonal: insulin- regulates glucose blood levels §   Enzymes- accelerate chemical reactions; catalyst •   Catabolic- help break down molecules; provide energy •   Anabolic- help synthesize molecules; provides components o   Genetic Code- directs order of amino acid base code Gene Expression •   Expression: when information in DNA is accessed o   Transcription: genetic code is copied into RNA o   Translation: sequence of RNA uses genetic code to make amino acid sequence for protein Traits are Visible Due to DNA •   Morphological- appearance •   Physiological- functions of organism •   Behavioral- way organism responds to environment •   4 Levels of Biological Organization: o   Molecular- genes expressed o   Cellular- proteins function o   Organism- traits can be observed o   Population- genes and traits within a species can be studied Genetic Variation •   Differences in inherited traits •   Morphs- different forms within a species •   Due to changes in DNA including: o   Gene mutations o   Changes in chromosome structure o   Changes in chromosome number §   Ex. down syndrome- extra copy of chromosome 21 •   Also due to effects of environment •   Reproduction is when parents pass genes to offspring, which enhances genetic variation •   Genetic composition of a species evolves o   Genetic diversity o   Natural selection o   Time Fields of Genetics •   Transmission- shows inheritance patterns as passed through offspring; ex. Mendel •   Molecular- biochemical approach; very big with technological advances •   Population- focuses on genetic variation and evolution Chapter 3: Reproduction and Chromosome Transmission •   Chromosomes are made of two sister chromatids •   Chromosomes exist in cytoplasm of prokaryote cells; in nucleus in eukaryotic cells •   Cytogenetics- form of studying chromosomes to find abnormalities o   Karyotyping- way to track genetic abnormalities by ‘typing the nucleus’ §   Cells are injected with … •   Eukaryotic chromosomes are inherited in sets; most species are diploid o   Homologous chromosomes- pair of similar chromosomes •   Locus- physical location of gene on its chromosome Cell Division •   Cells must divide because the there is a very specific surface area : volume of the cell ratio o   Important for cell transport of food and oxygen, which allows the cell to survive •   Eukaryotes require a more complicated process than simple binary fission to reproduce •   Mitosis o   Goes through stages known as the cell cycle:                                       Sexual Reproduction •   Meiosis o   S phase that duplicates chromosomes and are arranged into homologous pairs •   Meiosis 1-reduce number of chromosomes to half; crossing over/genetic recombination*, random separation of chromosomes (independent assortment) * •   Meiosis 2- duplicates cells by separating chromosomes o   allows for genetic variation! n   2 •   Spermatogenesis- produce sperms in testes of males •   Oogenesis- formation of eggs in ovaries of females Mendelian Genetics •   Phenotype- physical trace of trait •   Genotype- genetic trace of trait •   Dominant or recessive genes •   Mendel- father of genetics o   Found that during gamete formation, the traits are randomly segregated through the law of independent assortment •   Monohybrid crosses- single factor controlled phenotypes o   Ex. tall or dwarf plants o   Punnett Square to predict outcome of crosses •   Dihybrid crosses- multiple factors o   Ex. round/wrinkled seeds and green/yellow seeds o   Punnett Square to predict outcome of crosses •   How are genes linked?? o   Crossing over is the only way to create variation between linked genes! Modern Genetics •   Loss of function allele- defective copy of allele (usually recessive) •   Pedigrees- a way to determine inheritance when parental crosses cannot be controlled Probability and Statistics •   Probability- chance something will occur o   Number it occurs, divided by the total number of events •   Accuracy relies on size of sample •   Mutually exclusive- events that cannot occur at the same time (sum rule) •   Independent events- not connected; multiply individual possibilities (product rule) •   Chi-Square Test- test validity of hypothesis; measure goodness of fit 2 (observed in each category * expected in each category) expected in each category o   Multiply everything by the sum of calculations for each category= X 2 o   Degree freedom: number of categories – 1 Unique Inheritance Patterns •   Follow Mendelian Genetics: law of segregation and law of independent assortment •   Environment- high impact on unique inheritance patterns •   How can a mutant allele be dominant? o   Protein encoded gains a new function o   Protein acts antagonistically o   Mutant has loss of function; wild type does not make enough proteins -Types: •   Incomplete dominance- heterozygous genotype shows intermediate phenotype o   Ex. pink flower •   Incomplete penetrance- inherited from dominant mutant allele; may or may not be shown o   Environment has a large impact o   Ex. poly-dactyly •   Overdominance- heterozygote is more present than the homozygotes; heterozygote advantage o   Molecular level- two alleles that produce different proteins o   Ex. sickle cell anemia •   Multiple Alleles- for each gene locus only two alleles are found in diploid populations, but within populations, various alleles exist o   Ex. coat coat in animals §   If a dominant trait is not present, all recessive colors can be present o   Typically, a hierarchy in dominance is present Sex-Linked Genes •   X-linked genes o   Genes located in X chromosome o   Females have two o   Males have one- hemizygous; typically mean they express the gene more often •   Few Y-linked genes Sex-Influences Traits •   Hormones control expression of gene in heterozygous individuals Lethal Alleles •   Essential genes- genes required for survival vs. nonessential genes •   Lethal allele can cause death o   Typically have mutations o   Usually recessive o   Some may work later in life, ex. Huntington’s disease Genetic Interactions •   Multiple genes affect outcome of one trait o   Ex. pigmentation •   Combine with environmental influences •   Complementation- when both parents are recessive for a specific abnormality, but the normal trait is expressed •   Gene redundancy- one gene compensates for another, which does not change the phenotype •   Suppressor mutation- second mutation that overpowers phenotype of first mutation o   Ex. hairlessness is a dominant mutation Ch. 5: Non-Mendelian Inheritance •   Maternal Effect Genes- nuclear genes where genotype of mother determines phenotype of children o   Father and children genotypes have no effect o   Due to accumulation of gene information in egg from mother •   Epigenetic Inheritance o   Epigenome §   Tells cells what type of cells they will be §   Alters how genes are expressed and in what extent o   Dosage compensation- compensation in number of active X chromosomes in male and females §   Cells can count X chromosomes §   X-inactivation depends on X-inactivation area on the Xist §   Xist codes for long RNA that coats the inactive X (few genes are expressed from inactive X chromosome, one is this Xist gene) o   Modification changes gene expression but is not inherited •   Genomic Imprinting o   Expression dependent on whether inheritance of gene was from mother or father •   DNA Methylation o   Methyl group is added to cytosine or adenine of DNA o   Tagged which leads to expression or non-expression of gene Video About Epigenetics •   Ex. identical twins- genetically identical; one may have cancer and another may be at risk but won’t express it because of their different epigenomes •   Reactivation of genes is a growing process that has allowed for success in the medical field •   We can alter our epigenetics and also that of our future generations •   Studies show that epigenetic differences can accumulate with age Genetic Linkage and Mapping in Eukaryotes •   Law of independent assortment- not true all the time •   Linked assortment- where haploid gametes have multiple genes located on the same chromosome •   Crossing over- only way to break linkage o   Much rarer than independent assortment o   Between two individual chromatids •   Genetic maps- used to estimate distance between genes o   Higher probability to crossover with larger distance •   Each chromosome has a hundred-thousand genes •   Each gene has a particular locus, or place, on the gene •   Chromosomes are called linkage groups o   24 total chromosomes = 24 linkage groups •   Map distance = number of recombinant offspring/total number of offspring * 100 o   Recombinant offspring- the amount of offspring that are not like original parents o   Units of distance- centiMorgans (cM) or map units (mu) o   1% recombination frequency = 1 map unit Chapter 8: Variation in Chromosome Structure and Number Genetic Variation •   Most common form- single nucleotide polymorphism; single base change •   Chromosomal aberrations- changes of chromosomes number or structure •   Cytogenetics/Karyotyping- examination of chromosome pair with microscope •   Mutations Include: o   Deletion- loss of segment o   Duplication- repetition of segment o   Inversion- rearrangement of segment o   Translocation- segment attached to another chromosome §   Simple- one-way transfer §   Reciprocal- two-way transfer; affects two chromosomes o   Copy number variation- variation in copy number between various individuals  


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