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Traits

Definition

‘’noun , singular: trait‘’

(genetics) Characteristics or attributes of an organism that are expressed by genes and/or influenced by the environment.


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Traits include physical attributes of an organism such as hair color, leaf shape, size, etc., and behavioral characteristics, such as bird nesting.


Word origin: L tractus.
See also: phenotype, inheritance, gene


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... are non-functional in manatees or dolphins without hindlimbs? what about the dolphin with the hindlimb atavism. Than in the following graph the traits listed are Pelvis(green circle), nose(red square), jaw (blue triangle) to be honest the 2nd question has me completley stumped

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by scienceguy914
Mon Sep 08, 2014 1:44 am
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help With
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Re: Mitochondrial DNA

Does Mitochondrial DNA have anything to do with physical traits, such as hair color, eye color, size etc? As far as I know, no. mtDNA encodes some of the various components for the mitochondria such as the ETC (Electron Transport Chain) proteins such ...

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by Zargo
Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:02 am
 
Forum: Genetics
Topic: Mitochondrial DNA
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Views: 138

Mitochondrial DNA

Does Mitochondrial DNA have anything to do with physical traits, such as hair color, eye color, size etc?

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by Hannamerika
Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:10 pm
 
Forum: Genetics
Topic: Mitochondrial DNA
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Views: 138

Please answer: Group selection and Sociobiology

... doing so) I've read on a topic called group selection but I haven't fully understood it yet. I know that group selection is the idea that genetic traits (specific genes or mutations of genes) accumulate in a group of individuals because that trait is advantageous. Some scholars I've heard reject ...

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by Veritophilia
Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:07 pm
 
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Please answer: Group selection and Sociobiology
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how are genes the unit of replication?

1) you can have traits encoded by single gene as well 2) the genes coding for one trait are usually spread around the genome. That'd be it, I guess.

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by JackBean
Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:00 am
 
Forum: Genetics
Topic: how are genes the unit of replication?
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