How genetics works

22 Comments

  1. Sigmund
    Posted December 9, 2009 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    Isn’t this more like an example of Darwins idea of ‘blending’ ?

    • Posted December 11, 2009 at 7:49 am | Permalink

      This is exactly how genetics doesn’t work…a blue-eyed father and a brown-eyed mother does not produce a child with blue-brown eyes…

  2. Posted December 9, 2009 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    While funny, I plan to use this in teaching as an example of how Mendelian genetics does NOT work.

  3. Kassul
    Posted December 9, 2009 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    Could be that the alleles for vertical bars(or not) and horizontal bars(or not) occupy different loci Zen Faulkes?

    So if they’re heterozygous and had the Totally Overdone 4 kids that all fit nicely into their slots they might have this kid with a crosshatching of sorts, another kid with just verticals, one with horizontals and one with a white shirt?

    Someone should write to these parents and tell them to get cracking on making another 3 babies, wouldn’t want their fashion to send the wrong message eh? 😛

    • Gabi Teren
      Posted December 10, 2009 at 10:12 am | Permalink

      Hahahahaha! Love it.

  4. newenglandbob
    Posted December 9, 2009 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    I learn something new every day. I expected diagonal stripes in alternating colors of mauve and chartreuse.

  5. Sven DiMilo
    Posted December 9, 2009 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Not “blending,” but rather codominance.
    *shrug* Happens all the time.

    • Tim
      Posted December 9, 2009 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

      Oh…I didn’t see that you answered the question before I did. Yep, pretty standard. For the teacher who plans on using this, they should be sure they know this feature crosses.

  6. Sili
    Posted December 9, 2009 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Looks more biblical to me.

  7. lylebot
    Posted December 9, 2009 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Both parents are carrying the recessive conehead gene?

  8. Posted December 9, 2009 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    And the kid is the transitional form between the two parents?

    How does that work?

    Glen Davidson
    http://tinyurl.com/mxaa3p

  9. Posted December 9, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Das ist genial!

  10. KP
    Posted December 9, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Looks like the kid inherited some recessive alleles for the pants gene somehow.

  11. Posted December 9, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Only the nerdiest of the nerds will get this. 🙂

    (yeah, I did)

  12. Tim
    Posted December 9, 2009 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    Example of co-dominance perhaps?

  13. Posted December 9, 2009 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    Psh.. let’s see her explain his little sister – in polka dots!

  14. Dr. Faustini
    Posted December 10, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Should have aborted and cloned…

  15. MadScientist
    Posted December 10, 2009 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Oh, OK, I get it. Shouldn’t that be “how some parts of genetics works”?

  16. Posted December 12, 2009 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    The photographer is René Maltête, an ingenious photographer.

  17. Posted December 28, 2009 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    Wow, you’re spreading wrong information. This is exactly how genetics doesn’t work. Check out this post about Mendelian genetics to understand how it really works.

    Pablo

  18. Posted March 13, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    brilliant stuff LOL!!


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