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Document Type

Science Education

Keywords

Gene symbols, teaching genetics, wild type

Abstract

Choice of appropriate gene symbols in teaching general genetics avoids misinterpretation and misleading conclusions that are otherwise frequent. Lack of consistency in textbooks, especially with the wild-type standard concept, misdirects the student into confusing dominance with epistasis, as well as allelism with independence. The similar fallacy of ”dominant" white in White Leghorns is clarified as an "interaction" white by appropriate choice of symbols. Use of the wild-type standard method, basic in choosing symbols, allows a drastic reduction in the number of crosses necessary in comparing different stocks for genetic differences. Two related sets of rules are suggested for choosing appropriate gene symbols.

Publication Date

June 1985

Journal Title

Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science

Volume

92

Issue

3

First Page

115

Last Page

118

Copyright

© Copyright 1985 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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