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Genetics: Analysis of Genes and Genomes, 8th Edition: Medicine & Health Science Books @ 8th Edition. 9th Edition. Unit 1: Defining and Working with Genes. Chapter 1: Genes, Genomes, and Genetic Analysis Chapter 1: Genes, Genomes, and Genetic. CHAPTER 1 Genes, Genomes and Genetic Analysis. Each species of living organism Analysis of Genes and Genomes, Eighth Edition at http://biology. jbpub.

From the early s right into the s, the growing community of researchers around Morgan and their followers used mutants of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, constructed in ever more sophisticated ways, in order to produce a map of the fruit flys genotype in which genes, and alleles thereof, figured as genetic markers occupying a particular locus on one of the four homologous chromosome pairs of the fly Kohler The basic assumptions that allowed the program to operate were that genes were located in a linear order along the different chromosomes like "beads on a string" as Morgan put it in , 24 , and that the frequency of recombination events between homologous chromosomes, that is, the frequency of crossovers during reduction division, gave a measure of the distance between the genes, at the same time defining them as units of recombination Morgan et al.

In this practice, identifiable aspects of the phenotype, assumed to be determined directly by genes in a consciously black-boxed manner, were used as indicators or windows for an outlook on the formal structure of the genotype. Throughout his career, Morgan remained aware of the formal character of his program. In particular, it did not matter if one-to-one, or more complicated relationships reigned between genes and traits Waters Morgan and his school were well aware that, as a rule, many genes were involved in the development of a particular trait as, e.

To accommodate this difficulty and in line with their experimental regime, they embraced a differential concept of the gene. What mattered to them was the relationship between a change in a gene and a change in a trait, rather than the nature of these entities themselves. Thus the alteration of a trait could be causally related to a change in or a loss of a single genetic factor, even if it was plausible in general that a trait like eye-color was, in fact, determined by a whole group of variously interacting genes Roll-Hansen b; Schwartz The fascination of this gene concept consisted in the fact that it worked, if properly applied, like a precision instrument in developmental and evolutionary studies.

On the one hand, the classical gene allowed for the identification of developmental processes across generations. Griesemer On the other hand, mathematical population geneticists like Ronald A. Fisher, J. Haldane, and Sewall Wright could make use of the classical gene with equal rigor and precision to elaborate testable mathematical models describing the effects of evolutionary factors like selection and mutation on the genetic composition of populations Provine Despite the formal character of the classical gene, it became the conviction of many geneticians in the s, among them Morgans student Herman J.

Muller, that genes had to be material particles. Muller saw genes as fundamentally endowed with two properties: that of autocatalysis and that of heterocatalysis. Their autocatalytic function allowed them to reproduce as units of transmission and thus to connect the genotype of one generation to that of the next. Their concomitant capability of reproducing mutations faithfully once they had occurred gave rise, on this account, to the possibility of evolution.

Their heterocatalytic capabilities connected them to the phenotype, as units of function involved in the expression of a particular character. With his own experimental work, Muller added a significant argument for the materiality of the gene, pertaining to the third aspect of the gene as a unit of mutation.

In , he reported on the induction of Mendelian mutations in Drosophila by using X-rays. But the experimental practice of X-raying alone could not open the path to a material characterization of genes as units of heredity. That is, we have as yet no actual knowledge of the mechanism underlying that unique property which makes a gene a gene—its ability to cause the synthesis of another structure like itself, [in] which even the mutations of the original gene are copied.

Meanwhile, cytological work had also added credence to the materiality of genes-on-chromosomes. At the same time, however, it further complicated the notion of the classical gene. During the s, the cytogeneticist Theophilus Painter correlated formal patterns of displacement of genetic loci on Morganian chromosome maps with corresponding visible changes in the banding pattern of giant salivary gland chromosomes of Drosophila.

Barbara McClintock was able to follow with her microscope the changes—translocations, inversions and deletions—induced by X-rays in the chromosomes of Zea mays maize.

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Simultaneously, Alfred Sturtevant, in his experimental work on the Bar-eye-effect in Drosophila at the end of the s, had shown what came to be called a position effect: the expression of a mutation was dependent on the position which the corresponding gene occupied in the chromosome.

This finding stirred wide-ranging discussions about what Muller had called the heterocatalytic aspect of a gene, namely, its functional association with the expression of a particular phenotypic trait.

If a genes function depended on its position on the chromosome, it became questionable whether that function was stably connected to that gene at all, or as Richard Goldschmidt later assumed, whether physiological function was not altogether a question of the organization of the genetic material as a whole rather than of particulate genes Goldschmidt ; cf.

Dietrich and Richmond Thus far, all experimental approaches to the new field of genetics and its presumed elements, the genes, had remained silent with respect to the two basic Mullerian aspects of the gene: its autocatalytic and its heterocatalytic function. It has, however, been noted that the phage system, which he established throughout the s, largely remained as formal as that of classical Drosophila genetics.

Consequently, he suggested referring to genetic elements as cistrons, recons and mutons respectively Holmes The formal correlation of individual genes mapped to specific loci on the chromosomes with certain characters has only a limited meaning. Every step in the realization of characters is, so to speak, a node in a network of reaction chains from which many gene actions radiate.

One trait appears to have a simple correlation to one gene only as long as the other genes of the same action chain and of other action chains that are part of the same node remain the same. He pleaded for an epigenetics that would combine genetic, developmental and physiological analyses to define heterocatalysis, that is, the expression of a gene, as the result of an interaction of two reaction chains, one leading from genes to particular ferments and the other leading from one metabolic intermediate to the next by the intervention of these ferments, thus resulting in complex epigenetic networks.

He did not try to develop experimental instruments to attack the gene-enzyme relations themselves implicated in the process.

On the other side of the Atlantic, George Beadle and Edward Tatum, working with cultures of Neurospora crassa, codified the latter connection into the one gene-one enzyme hypothesis. But to them, too, the material character of genes and the way these putative entities gave rise to primary products remained elusive and beyond the reach of their own biochemical analysis. Thus by the s, the gene in classical genetics was already far from being a simple notion corresponding to a simple entity.

Conceiving of the gene as a unit of transmission, recombination, mutation, and function, classical geneticists combined various aspects of hereditary phenomena whose interrelations, as a rule, turned out not to be simple one-to-one relationships. Due to the lack of knowledge about the material nature of the gene, however, the classical gene remained a largely formal and operational concept, i.

The same can be said about the findings of Oswald Avery and his colleagues in the early s. They purified the deoxyribonuleic acid of one strain of bacteria, and demonstrated that it was able to transmit the infectious characteristics of that strain to another, harmless one.


Yet the historical path that led to an understanding of the nature of the molecular gene was not a direct follow-up of classical genetics cf. Olby and Morange a. It was rather embedded in an over-all molecularization of biology driven by the application of newly developed physical and chemical methods and instruments to problems of biology, including those of genetics. Among these methods were ultracentrifugation, X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy, electrophoresis, macromolecular sequencing, and radioactive tracing.

At the biological end, it relied on the transition to new, comparatively simple model organisms like unicellular fungi, bacteria, viruses, and phage. A new culture of physically and chemically instructed in vitro biology ensued that in large parts did no longer rest on the presence of intact organisms in a particular experimental system Rheinberger ; Landecker For the development of molecular genetics in the narrower sense, three lines of experimental inquiry proved to be crucial.

They were not connected to each other when they gained momentum in the late s, but they happened to merge at the beginning of the s, giving rise to a grand new picture. The first of these developments was the elucidation of the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid DNA as a macromolecular double helix by Francis Crick and James D.

Watson in This work was based on chemical information about base composition of the molecule provided by Erwin Chargaff, on data from X-ray crystallography produced by Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins, and on mechanical model building as developed by Linus Pauling. The result was a picture of a nucleic acid double strand whose four bases Adenine, Thymine, Guanine, Cytosine formed complementary pairs A-T, G-C that could be arranged in all possible combinations into long linear sequences.

At the same time, that molecular model suggested an elegant mechanism for the duplication of the molecule. Opening the strands and synthesizing two new strands complementary to each of the separated threads respectively would suffice to create two identical helices from one.

This indeed turned out to be the case, although the duplication process would come to be seen as relying on a complicated molecular replication machinery. Thus, the structure of the DNA double helix had all the characteristics that were to be expected from a molecule serving as an autocatalytic hereditary entity Chadarevian The second line of experiment that formed molecular genetics was the in vitro characterization of the process of protein biosynthesis to which many biochemically working researchers contributed, among them Paul Zamecnik, Mahlon Hoagland, Paul Berg, Fritz Lipmann, Marshall Nirenberg and Heinrich Matthaei.

It started in the s largely as an effort to understand the growth of malignant tumors. During the s, it became evident that the process required an RNA template that was originally thought to be part of the microsomes on which the assembly of amino acids took place. In addition it turned out that the process of amino acid condensation was mediated by a transfer molecule with the characteristics of a nucleic acid and the capacity to carry an amino acid.

The ensuing idea that it was a linear sequence of ribonucleic acid derived from one of the DNA strands that directed the synthesis of a linear sequence of amino acids, or a polypeptide, and that this process was mediated by an adaptor molecule, was soon corroborated experimentally Rheinberger The relation between these two classes of molecules was eventually found to be ruled by a nucleic acid triplet code, which consisted in three bases at a time specifying one amino acid Kay , ch.

In more detail, the transfer of information from nucleic acid to nucleic acid, or from nucleic acid to protein may be possible, but transfer from protein to protein, or from protein to nucleic acid is impossible. Information means here the precise determination of sequence, either of bases in the nucleic acid or of amino acid residues in the protein Crick , With these two fundamental assumptions, a new view of biological specificity came into play.

It was centered on the transfer of molecular order from one macromolecule to the other. In one molecule the order is preserved structurally; in the other it becomes expressed and provides the basis for a biological function.

This transfer process became characterized as molecular information transfer. Henceforth, genes could be seen as stretches of deoxyribonucleic acid or ribonucleic acid in certain viruses carrying the information for the assembly of a particular protein.

Both molecules were thus thought to be colinear, and this indeed turned out to be the case for many bacterial genes. The code turned out to be nearly universal for all classes of living beings, as were the mechanisms of transcription and translation. The genotype was thus reconfigured as a universal repository of genetic information, sometimes also addressed as a genetic program. Finally it was biochemists who unraveled the genetic code by the advanced tools of their discipline Judson ; Kay This line of experiment came out of a fusion of bacterial genetics with the biochemical characterization of an inducible system of sugar metabolizing enzymes.

The other class was that of regulatory genes. They were assumed to be involved in the regulation of the expression of structural information how this distinction became challenged recently is discussed in Piro A third element of DNA involved in the regulatory loop of an operon was a binding site, or signal sequence that was not transcribed at all. The operon model of Jacob and Monod marked thus the precipitous end of the simple, informational concept of the molecular gene.

Since the beginning of the s, the picture of gene expression has become vastly more complicated for the following, compare Rheinberger b. Moreover, most genomes of higher organisms appear to comprise huge DNA stretches to which no function can as yet be assigned.


Given all the bewildering details of these elements, it comes as no surprise that their molecular function is still far from being fully understood for an overview see Fischer As far as transcription, i. On the level of modification after transcription, the picture has become equally complicated. Roberts independently found that eukaryotic genes were composed of modules, and that, after transcription, introns were cut out and exons spliced together in order to yield a functional message.

A spliced messenger sometimes may comprise a fraction as little as ten percent or less of the primary transcript. Since the late s, molecular biologists have become familiar with various kinds of RNA splicing autocatalytic self-splicing, alternative splicing of one single transcript to yield different messages and even trans-splicing of different primary transcripts to yield one hybrid message.

In the case of the egg-laying hormone of Aplysia, to take just one example, one and the same stretch of DNA gives rise to eleven protein products involved in the reproductive behavior of this snail. Finally, yet another mechanism, or rather, class of mechanisms has been found to operate on the level of RNA transcripts.

It is called messenger RNA editing. In this case-which in the meanwhile has turned out not just to be an exotic curiosity of some trypanosomes-the original transcript is not only cut and pasted, but its nucleotide sequence is systematically altered after transcription. The nucleotide replacement happens before translation starts, and is mediated by various guide RNAs and enzymes that excise old and insert new nucleotides in a variety of ways to yield a product that is no longer complementary to the DNA stretch from which it was originally derived, and a protein that is no longer co-linear with the DNA sequence in the classical molecular biological sense.

The complications with the molecular biological gene continue on the level of translation, i. There are findings such as translational starts at different start codons on one and the same messenger RNA; instances of obligatory frameshifting within a given message without which a nonfunctional polypeptide would result; and post-translational protein modification such as removing amino acids from the amino terminus of the translated polypeptide.

There is another observation called protein splicing, instances of which have been reported since the early s. Here, portions of the original translation product have to be cleaved out inteins and others joined together exteins before yielding a functional protein. And finally, a recent development from the translational field is that a ribosome can manage to translate two different messenger RNAs into one single polypeptide.

But it appears difficult, if thought through, to follow Gros' advice of such a reverse definition, as the phenotype would come to define the genotype.

The project aimed at identifying all functional elements in the human genome.

To a large extent ENCODE researchers found overlap of transcripts, products derived from widely separated pieces of DNA sequence and widely dispersed regulatory sequences for a given gene. Such definitions mainly serve the purpose of solving the annotation problem Baetu , which becomes particularly important in the context of the increasing importance of bioinformatics and the use of databases that requires a consistent ontology Leonelli More controversial is the notion of function involved here.

Critics have argued that an etiological notion of function, according to which function is a selected effect, is more appropriate in the context of functional genomics Doolittle et al.

As we have noticed for previous twists and turns in the history of the gene concept, these developments have been driven by technological advances, in particular in deep RNA sequencing and in identifying protein-DNA interactions.

In conclusion, it can be said with Falk , that, on the one hand, the autocatalytic property once attributed to the gene as an elementary unit has been relegated to the DNA at large. Replication can no longer be taken as being specific to the gene as such.

After all, the process of DNA replication is not punctuated by the boundaries of coding regions. On the other hand, as many observers of the scene have remarked Kitcher ; Gros ; Morange ; Portin ; Fogle , it has become ever harder to define clear-cut properties of a gene as a functional unit with heterocatalytic properties.

It has become a matter of choice under contextual constraints as to which sequence elements are to be included and which ones to be excluded in the functional characterization of a gene.

Some have therefore adopted a pluralist attitude towards gene concepts. Burian There have been different reactions to this situation. Scientists like Thomas Fogle and Michel Morange concede that there is no longer a precise definition of what could count as a gene. But they do not worry much about this situation and are ready to continue to talk about genes in a pluralist, contextual, and pragmatic manner Fogle , ; Morange b.

Elof Carlson and Petter Portin have as well concluded that the present gene concept is abstract, general, and open, despite or just because present knowledge of the structure and organization of the genetic material has become so comprehensive and so detailed. But they, like Richard Burian , take open concepts with a large reference potential not only as a deficit to live with, but as a potentially productive tool in science. Such concepts offer options and leave choices open Carlson , Portin From the perspective of the autocatalytic and evolutionary dimension of the genetic material, the reproductive function ascribed to genes has turned out to be a function of the whole genome.

The replication process, that is, the transmission aspect of genetics as such has revealed itself to be a complicated molecular process whose versatility, far from being restricted to gene shuffling during meiotic recombination, constitutes a reservoir for evolution and is run by a highly complex molecular machinery including polymerases, gyrases, DNA binding proteins, repair mechanisms, and more.

On the other hand, there are those who take the heterocatalytic variability of the gene as an argument to treat the genetic material as a whole, hence genes as well, no longer as fundamental in its own right, but rather as a developmental resource that needs to be contextualized. Moss On this view, these templates constitute only one reservoir on which the developmental process draws and are not ontologically privileged as hereditary molecules.

Ironically, the initial idea of genes as simple stretches of DNA coding for a protein became dissolved in this process. As soon as the gene of classical genetics had acquired material structure through molecular biology, the biochemical and physiological mechanisms that accounted for its transmission and expression proliferated. The development of molecular biology itself—that enterprise which is so often described as an utterly reductionist conquest—has made it impossible to think of the genome simply as a set of pieces of contiguous DNA co-linear with the proteins derived from it.

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, when the results of the Human Genome Project were timely presented on the fiftieth anniversary of the double helix, molecular genetics seems to have accomplished a full circle, readdressing reproduction and inheritance no longer from a purely genetic, but from an evolutionary-developmental perspective.

At the same time, the gene has become a central category in medicine in the course of the 20th century Lindee and dominates discourses of health and disease in the postgenomic era Rose Huxley, the results of population genetics were used to re-establish Darwinian, selectionist evolution.

Scott Gilbert has singled out six aspects of the notion of the gene as it had been used in population genetics up to the modern evolutionary synthesis. First, it was an abstraction, an entity that had to fulfill formal requirements, but that did not need to be and indeed was not materially specified. Third, and by the same token, the gene of the evolutionary synthesis was the entity that was ultimately responsible for selection to occur and last across generations.

And finally, it was seen as a largely independent unit. Sterelny and Kitcher Molecular biology, with higher organisms moving center-stage during the past three decades, has made a caricature of this kind of evolutionary gene, and has moved before our eyes genes and whole genomes as complex systems not only allowing for evolution to occur, but being themselves subjected to a vigorous process of evolution.

The genome in its entirety has taken on a more and more flexible and dynamic configuration.


Not only have the mobile genetic elements, characterized by McClintock more than half a century ago in Zea mays, gained currency in the form of transposons that regularly and irregularly can become excised and inserted all over bacterial and eukaryotic genomes, there are also other forms of shuffling that occur at the DNA level. A gigantic amount of somatic gene tinkering and DNA splicing, for instance, is involved in organizing the immune response.

It gives rise to the production of potentially millions of different antibodies. No genome would be large enough to cope with such a task if not the parceling out of genes and a sophisticated permutation of their parts had not been invented during evolution.

Gene families have arisen from duplication over time, containing silenced genes sometimes called pseudogenes.

Genes themselves appear to have largely arisen from modules by combination. We find jumping genes and multiple genes of one sort coding for different protein isoforms. Molecular evolutionary biologists have scarcely scratched the surface and barely started to understand this flexible genetic apparatus, although Jacob already put forward a view of the genome as a dynamic body of ancestrally iterated and tinkered pieces more than thirty years ago Jacob One of the surprising results of the Human Genome Project has been that there are only 21, genes.

If there is a chance to understand evolution beyond the classical, itself largely formal, evolutionary synthesis, it is from such perspectives of learning more about the genome as a dynamic and modular configuration.

The purported elementary events on the basis of which the complex machinery of genome expression and reproduction operates—such as point mutations, nucleotide deletions, additions, and oligonucleotide inversions—are no longer the only elements of the evolutionary process, but solely one component in a much wider arsenal of DNA-tinkering.

Beurton concludes from all this that the gene is no longer to be seen as the unit of evolution, but rather as its late product, the eventual result of a long history of genomic condensation Beurton Finally, recent years have seen a steady increase in evidence for epigenetic inheritance systems Jablonka and Raz , see also the entry on inheritance systems.

This development has not only been promoted as a revolution in molecular biology, defining the post-genomic era see Meloni and Testa for a discussion of the sociology of hype and expectation in this respect , but has led to yet another change in the concept of the gene, in so far as it can no longer be seen as the only unit of inheritance and selection and the primary cause in development.

While this can include developmental interactions between mother and offspring, social learning, symbolic communication, there is also a more narrow concept of cellular epigenetic inheritance. Cellular epigenetic inheritance systems discussed in the literature are the transmission of chromatin marks, especially DNA methylation, and RNAs, the inheritance of protein conformations, such as in prions, and self-sustaining loops and chromatin inheritance in bacteria.

In multicellular organisms, especially the first type of mechanisms can explain how differentiated cells give rise to identical daughter cells even if the signal that initiated differentiation is gone.

But more important for the concept of heredity is cellular transgenerational epigenetic inheritance. Epigenetic variation can have phenotypic effects in the generation exposed to the stimulus, or in its offspring, which can persist for several generations. This possibility opened a new field of interaction between biology and the social sciences, because factors in the human environment, from exposure to toxic compounds, via nutrition to education, can have epigenetic effects that span several generations.

The idiom of epigenetics serves to biologize once more social and ethnic difference, and redefines individual vulnerability as well as responsibility and transgenerational accountability concerning effects of lifestyles on health and disease Meloni and Testa On the one hand, when combined with the idea of genetic assimilation Waddington , according to which genes are selected to fixate previous adaptive, but non-genetic variation, epiegenetic inheritance helps to explain how adaptive phenotypic responses become genetically fixed, suggesting neo-Lamarckian views of evolution West-Eberhard On the other hand, the investigation of epigenetic mechanisms casts doubt on the causal or informational primacy of genes, or DNA.

As a consequence genetic elements are treated on a par with other developmental resources necessary for the formation of a phenotypic trait.

This view is defended in accounts of Developmental Systems Theory Oyama et al. Hall And, as Meloni and Testa have pointed out, while epigenetics counters gene-centered reductionism, it leads to a reduction of environmental influences to molecular agents. We have come a long way with molecular biology from genes to genomes to developmental systems.

But there is still a longer way to go from genomes to organisms. As Gilbert argues, it is the exact counterpart to the gene of the evolutionary synthesis.

As it turned out, largely from an exhaustive exploitation of mutation saturation and genetic engineering technologies, fundamental processes in development such as segmentation or eye formation in such widely different organisms as insects and mammals are decisively influenced by the activation and inhibition of a class of regulatory genes that to some extent resemble the regulator genes of the operon model.

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Although genes were known to exist on chromosomes, chromosomes are composed of both protein and DNA, and scientists did not know which of the two is responsible for inheritance.

In , Frederick Griffith discovered the phenomenon of transformation see Griffith's experiment : dead bacteria could transfer genetic material to "transform" other still-living bacteria. The structure also suggested a simple method for replication : if the strands are separated, new partner strands can be reconstructed for each based on the sequence of the old strand. This property is what gives DNA its semi-conservative nature where one strand of new DNA is from an original parent strand.

In the following years, scientists tried to understand how DNA controls the process of protein production. The nucleotide sequence of a messenger RNA is used to create an amino acid sequence in protein; this translation between nucleotide sequences and amino acid sequences is known as the genetic code.

In this theory, Ohta stressed the importance of natural selection and the environment to the rate at which genetic evolution occurs. This technology allows scientists to read the nucleotide sequence of a DNA molecule.

At its most fundamental level, inheritance in organisms occurs by passing discrete heritable units, called genes , from parents to offspring. These different, discrete versions of the same gene are called alleles. In the case of the pea, which is a diploid species, each individual plant has two copies of each gene, one copy inherited from each parent.

Diploid organisms with two copies of the same allele of a given gene are called homozygous at that gene locus , while organisms with two different alleles of a given gene are called heterozygous. The set of alleles for a given organism is called its genotype , while the observable traits of the organism are called its phenotype.

When organisms are heterozygous at a gene, often one allele is called dominant as its qualities dominate the phenotype of the organism, while the other allele is called recessive as its qualities recede and are not observed. Some alleles do not have complete dominance and instead have incomplete dominance by expressing an intermediate phenotype, or codominance by expressing both alleles at once.

These observations of discrete inheritance and the segregation of alleles are collectively known as Mendel's first law or the Law of Segregation. Notation and diagrams[ edit ] Genetic pedigree charts help track the inheritance patterns of traits. Geneticists use diagrams and symbols to describe inheritance.

A gene is represented by one or a few letters. When the F1 offspring mate with each other, the offspring are called the "F2" second filial generation.

One of the common diagrams used to predict the result of cross-breeding is the Punnett square. When studying human genetic diseases, geneticists often use pedigree charts to represent the inheritance of traits. Multiple gene interactions[ edit ] Human height is a trait with complex genetic causes. Francis Galton 's data from shows the relationship between offspring height as a function of mean parent height. Organisms have thousands of genes, and in sexually reproducing organisms these genes generally assort independently of each other.

This means that the inheritance of an allele for yellow or green pea color is unrelated to the inheritance of alleles for white or purple flowers. This phenomenon, known as " Mendel's second law " or the "law of independent assortment," means that the alleles of different genes get shuffled between parents to form offspring with many different combinations. Some genes do not assort independently, demonstrating genetic linkage , a topic discussed later in this article.

Often different genes can interact in a way that influences the same trait. In the Blue-eyed Mary Omphalodes verna , for example, there exists a gene with alleles that determine the color of flowers: blue or magenta. Another gene, however, controls whether the flowers have color at all or are white. When a plant has two copies of this white allele, its flowers are white—regardless of whether the first gene has blue or magenta alleles.

This interaction between genes is called epistasis , with the second gene epistatic to the first. These complex traits are products of many genes. The degree to which an organism's genes contribute to a complex trait is called heritability.

For example, human height is a trait with complex causes. Bases pair through the arrangement of hydrogen bonding between the strands. The molecular basis for genes is deoxyribonucleic acid DNA. DNA is composed of a chain of nucleotides , of which there are four types: adenine A , cytosine C , guanine G , and thymine T.

Genetic information exists in the sequence of these nucleotides, and genes exist as stretches of sequence along the DNA chain. DNA normally exists as a double-stranded molecule, coiled into the shape of a double helix.A new culture of physically and chemically instructed in vitro biology ensued that in large parts did no longer rest on the presence of intact organisms in a particular experimental system Rheinberger ; Landecker Springer, ,6 3 —94 Google Scholar Daniel L.

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