You probably know that it is DNA that carries the genetic instructions for building YOU as well as every other living thing on the planet.
But how does the DNA inside each of our cells govern our genetic traits: eye or hair color, whether we are right- or left-handed, or whether or not we like the taste of cilantro?
If DNA is passed down from parent to child, how can two parents with brown hair and brown eyes have a child with red hair and blue eyes?
Is it possible for two parents with normal vision to have a child who is color-blind?
In this course, students will learn how cellular DNA is expressed as observable traits. Students will learn:
- how DNA is packaged into homologous chromosomes
- that many genes come in different “flavors” called alleles
- how some alleles are dominant and others are recessive
- the important distinction between genotype and phenotype
- the difference between homozygous, heterozygous, and hemizygous genotypes
- the work done by Gregor Mendel and the principles of Mendelian Inheritance
- the laws of segregation and independent assortment
- all about meiosis, crossing over, gametogenesis, and the importance of genetic diversity
- how to use Punnett Squares to predict the outcome of monohybrid and dihybrid crosses
- the distinction between probability and real life when it comes to Punnett Squares
- patterns of non-Mendelian inheritance including sex-linked traits, codominance, incomplete dominance, the inheritance of mitochondrial DNA, and polygenic traits
- how to construct (and read) a pedigree
- the genetics of human blood types
- how nondisjunction occurs
Note: This course is also offered as part of a discounted-price bundle. Find it here: Complete DNA and Genetics Course Bundle
You can learn more about this course here: Self-paced, Online Courses for Homeschool Science
This is a digital course.
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Upon purchase, the student has access to the material within the course for one year (366 days)