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Study Guide for Exam 2

by: Emma Marquez-Shaw

Study Guide for Exam 2 BIOL 323

Emma Marquez-Shaw
CSU Chico
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This study guide covers what will be on our second midterm this semester
Biology of Sex
Rebecca Brunelli
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Date Created: 10/11/16
Study Guide: Exam 2  Anisogamy and Syngamy  o Anisogamy: Sexual reproduction with unequal gamete sizes o Strategies:  Male: Number of offspring  Female: Parental investment  o Syngamy: The fusion of two gametes in fertilization o Fun Sperm Facts:  Sperm can live inside a woman up to 5 days  Sperm can live outside up to 3 hours  Human sperm size: 40 micrometer (4/100 mm)  280 milliliters of sperm per ejaculate  Average speed of semen at the moment of ejaculation is 31 mph  Human male ejaculates an average distance of 7 – 10 inches  Average volume of semen per ejaculation is 1 teaspoon (more following  abstinence)  Each teaspoon can contain about 200 – 500 million sperm  o Fun egg facts:  Human egg is the largest cell in the body  Takes about 4­7 days to travel down the fallopian tube  Females are born with 2 million egg follicles  Birth – puberty about 11,000 egg follicles die per month  By puberty, only about 400,000 remain  One per month released during ovulation (about 400 lifetime)  Not many left by menopause  Left and right ovaries randomly take turns  10 – 20 eggs mature each month, only one released   Rest are absorbed  o Twins  Identical – 1 egg and 1 sperm  Fraternal – 2 eggs and 2 sperm  Semi­identical (rare) – 1 egg and 2 sperm o Sex Paradox Article  Study eukaryotic organisms that have weird sex, or those that have no sex  at all. o Potential Reproductive Rate (PRR)  Males reproductive success depends on number of eggs he can fertilize  Limited by the number of partners  Additional mating = higher fitness  Females reproductive success limited by number of eggs she can produce  to bring to term  Resources are important  o Variance in Reproductive Success  Some males have lots of offspring   Some males have fewer offspring  Most females have offspring  Leads to male competition   Asexual and Sexual Reproduction o Asexual (AR): Offspring are clones o Sexual (SR): Two parents combine genes to produce unique offspring o Asexual Reproduction  Can go extinct due to being exact clones  Species that use AR:  Single – celled organisms  Fungi  Plants  Some animals (whiptail lizards) o Disadvantages of SR / Advantages of AR  Need 2 (male/female) to make one baby and only half can reproduce  Every member can produce offspring  Genome dilution: only give ½ of your genes to offspring   100% of your genes are passed on  Meiosis takes time and energy  Mitosis takes less energy  Costs time and energy to find a mate  No mates needed  Risks: predation, injury, sexual cannibalism, STDs  No risk from the preceding list  Fewer individuals to survive disaster  More individuals may survive in disasters o Disadvantages of Asexual Reproduction  Genetic clones: mutation could devastate population  No variation means low ability to adapt to a changing environment  Population explosion can cause competition for resources o Benefits of Asexual Reproduction  Rapid growth is important  In stable environments  Benefits only good for short term o Bdelloid Rotifers  Only animal we have evidence for that has lasted millions of years  Avoid going extinct in three ways  Drying up  Blowing away  Lateral gene transfer o Four types of Asexual Reproduction  Binary Fission  Parent organism is replaced by two daughter organisms, because it  divides in two  Similar to mitosis, but BF involves simple cells  Budding  New individual grows off parent   “Clone”  Common in plants, fungi, sponges  Fragmentation   New individual grows from a fragment of parent  Parthenogenesis (Virgin birth)  Offspring develop from unfertilized eggs  Only females (haploid)  Sperm isn’t needed for eggs  New Mexico Whiptail Lizard o No males exist  Facilitative Parthenogenesis  o Ability to switch between sexual reproduction and  parthenogenesis  o Example: Komodo dragon  o Example: Aphids o Allows rapid population growth when conditions are  favorable  o Four Hypotheses  Weismann’s Hypothesis  Sex creates genetic diversity for natural selection to act upon  Sex is important only in an unstable environment   Fisher Muller Hypothesis   Recombination speeds up adaptation o Brings advantageous mutations together faster   Increases genetic variation  Clonal interference: clones with beneficial mutations compete and  interfere with each other’s growth  Muller’s Ratchet  Asexual species accumulates harmful mutations  Drives asexual species extinct  Sex helps escape harmful mutations  Red Queen Hypothesis   Co­evolutionary arms race  o Parasites/Pathogens evolve to live off of most common  hosts o Hosts evolve to fight parasites/pathogens  Sex maintains diversity to continue the fight  Sex Determination  o Autosome: any chromosome that is not a sex chromosome  o Over 1,400 genes on an X chromosome  o 70 – 200 genes on a Y chromosome  o Homogametic  Eggs  All carry an X o Heterogametic  Sperm  ½ carry X, ½ carry Y o Types of sex determination  XX or XY  o Males determine sex o Mammals  ZW/ZZ o Females determine sex o Birds, some reptiles, some fish, and crustaceans   Haplodiploid o Fertilized egg = female o Unfertilized egg = male o Ants, bees, and wasps  Temperature Determination  o Warm = male o Cool = female o Most turtles, alligators, and crocodiles  Environmental location o Green Spoonworm o Where it lands on the ocean floor determines sex  Ways sex and gender have been categorized   Anatomy  Physiology  Chromosomal makeup  Genetic makeup  Gender identity  Gender role identity  Gender role behavior o SRY Gene   Sex Determining Region Y  Located on the Y chromosome   Responsible for determining sex o X­Inactivation  One X chromosome in each cell is inactivated  Barr body: inactive X chromosome  Random, whether the paternal or maternal X chromosome is inactivated in each cell  Once an X is inactivated, the daughter cells of that cell will always have  the same X chromosome inactivated forever  Female humans (and most mammals) are mosaics   Happens at about a 20 cell embryo  Sex Linked Traits o Always live on X chromosome o In some cases, can also be found on Y chromosome o Females gain two X chromosomes  One from each parent o Males only gain one X chromosome  One from the mother o Males are commonly exposed to X linked traits o Recessive and dominant alleles  Different on X chromosomes than on autosomes  Males have only one X  X inactivation in females o Calico cats  Always female (in normal development)  X^O X^o


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