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(1) The typical (or the most common) form, appearance or strain existing in the wild.

(2) The normal, non-mutated version of a gene common in nature.

(3) The allele at each locus required to produce the wild-type phenotype.


The wildtype is the most common form or phenotype in nature or in a natural breeding population.

In genetics, the wild-type organisms serve as the original parent strain before a deliberate mutation is introduced (for research) so that geneticists can use them as reference to compare the naturally occurring genotypes and phenotypes of a given species against those of the deliberately mutated counterparts.

Variant: wild type (noun), wild-type (adjective)

Compare: mutant

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Re: Muscular dystrophy inheritance question

... alleles (1 mutation in the upper sequence and 1 mutation in the lower sequence), whereas the male only has 1 mutant allele (upper sequence) and 1 wildtype (lower sequence) and is therefore unaffected as it is recessive. I am not sure if muscular dystrophy actually shows this type of inheritance ...

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by firefly
Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:16 pm
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Muscular dystrophy inheritance question
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Re: Theories - Origin of Life

... to be homozygous for that gene; when the alleles are different, the organism is heterozygous . As an example, there are mice that in their natural wildtype state are dark-coloured. This colour is partly dependent on a gene known as Kit. These mice are normally homozygous (i.e. both alleles are ...

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by scottie
Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
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finding out if resistance is from mutation or hybridization?

In the mutation there's a microsatellite TATATATA(this gives the resistance), that isn't in the wildtype. Could a Southern blot be used to test for this microsat? If so, how would we know if it was weedy rices own mutation, or if it were from hybridization? Thanks! Nicholas

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by AE35
Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:48 am
Forum: Genetics
Topic: finding out if resistance is from mutation or hybridization?
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genetic homework help. Thanks

... BB X^v X^v + Bb X^v Y + BB X^v Y + Bb Brown= X^V X^V + bb X^V X^v + bb X^V Y + bb (X^V is other, the dominant, allele for vermillion's loci and is wildtype) White= X^v X^v + bb X^v Y + bb Therefore, the answer for A: A Brown Female= X^V X^V + bb X^V X^v + bb A Vermillion Male= X^v Y + BB X^v Y ...

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by DRT23
Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:56 pm
Forum: Genetics
Topic: genetic homework help. Thanks
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genetic homework help. Thanks

... and half the progeny are white eyed. what are the genotype and phenotype of the parents? my answers: Part A) according to the given informations: wildtype = brick red eyes = red + brown vermillion = red and lacks off brown; therefore to be vermilion individual must be either X^v X^v Bb or X^v ...

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by undergradmember
Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:16 am
Forum: Genetics
Topic: genetic homework help. Thanks
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