Ch 5 - Genetic Disorders Study Guide


Dec 12, 2012 (8 years and 10 months ago)


Ch 5 Genetic Disorders Study Guide

Concepts to Know

An example of a human trait that is controlled by more than one gene is skin color

A person who has one recessive and one dominant allele for a trait is called a carrier

A genetic disorder in which a
person’s blood clots very slowly if at all is hemophilia

The crossing of two individuals that have similar characteristics is referred to as inbreeding

The transfer of genes from one organism to another is called genetic engineering

A chart that tracks whi
ch members of a family have a particular trait is called a pedigree

The sex chromosomes determine if a person is a male or female

In a pedigree, a square is used to represent a male

An abnormal condition that a person inherits through genes or chromosomes
is a genetic

People with an extra copy of chromosome 21 have a disorder called Down syndrome

A genome is all the DNA in one cell of an organism

Professionals who help couples understand their chances of having a child with a particular
genetic dis
order are called genetic counselor

In hybridization, breeders cross two genetically different individuals

A clone is an organism that is genetically identical to the organism from which it was produced

Inserting working copies of a gene directly into the c
ells of a person with a genetic disorder is
referred to as gene therapy

Three or more forms of a gene that code for a single trait are called multiple alleles

linked recessive traits are more common in males

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder in whi
ch the body produces abnormally thick mucus

The process of selecting few organisms with desired traits to serve as parents of the next
generation is called selective breeding

In DNA fingerprinting, a person’s DNA is cut into fragments, which are separated
to form a

Smile dimples are controlled by a dominant allele on a single gene. Whitney has smile dimples
but her husband Alberto and son Pedro do not. What is the chance that Whitney and Alberto’s
next child will have smile dimples? Draw a Punnett s
quare to show how you arrived at your


The chance is 50%. Smile dimples are a dominant trait, so Alberto and Pedro both have
the dd genotype. Therefore, Whitney much be Dd, and 50% of the children of a Dd x dd

cross should have smile dimples










Although Janele’s blood is normal, her brother Randy has sickle
cell disease. Janele is worried
about having a child with the disease. Janele

just found out that her husband Terence has one
allele for sickle
cell disease. As their genetic counselor, determine Janele and Terence’s
chances of having a child with sickle
cell disease. How would you explain the results of your
analysis to the couple


Janele and Terence have a zero percent chance of having a child which sickle
disease. Janele is normal, so she has the SS genotype. Terence has sickle
cell trait, so he
is Ss. In an SS x Ss cross 50% of the children should be normal (SS), 50% should

have one
allele for sickle
cell disease (Ss), and none could have sickle
cell disease (ss)

Janice’s mother has type AB blood, and her father has type O blood. What blood type (s) could
Janice have? Draw a Punnett square to explain your answer.


You need to draw a Punnett square showing an IAIB x ii cross, with possible offspring
genotypes’ of IAi and IBi. From this, you should know that Janice could have either type
A blood or type B blood.

What is
cystic fibrosis, and what causes it?


Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder in which the body produces abnormally thick mucus
in the lungs and intestines. It is caused by a recessive allele. The recessive allele is the
result of a mutation in which three ba
ses have been removed from a DNA molecule

What useful information does DNA fingerprinting provide?


DNA fingerprinting technology can be used to identify people and show whether people
are related

Why can a karyotype detect Down syndrome but not hemophilia?


Down syndrome is caused by an extra copy of a chromosome, so it can be detected in a
karyotype, which is a picture of all the chromosomes in a cell. Hemophilia is caused by a
recessive gene on the X chromosome, which appears normal in a karyotype

how bacteria can be genetically engineered to produce a human protein such as


Plasmids are removed from bacterial cells. Enzymes cut open the plasmid and also
remove the human gene from its chromosome. The human gene attaches to the open
ends of t
he plasmid. After some bacteria take in the plasmid, they begin to produce the
human protein

Why can’t a male be a carrier of colorblindness?


A male cannot be a carrier of colorblindness because it is a sex
linked trait. Males have
only one X chromosome
and therefore only one allele for the trait. A carrier is someone
with one normal allele and one allele for the trait









Make sure you understand what a Pedigree is and how to read one.