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Genetics Vocabulary

chromosome a thread-like strand of DNA and proteins inside the nucleus of eukaryotic cells
allele a form of a gene
DNA chemicals inside the nucleus of a cell that carries the genetic instructions (blueprint) for making living organisms
dominant trait trait that will show up in the offspring if it is present; it is shown with a capital letter (B)
gene segments of DNA that control the way an organism looks and behaves
genotype actual genetic makeup of an organism
heredity passing on of traits from parent to offspring
phenotype the physical characteristics of an organism
recessive trait will only show in offspring if the dominant trait is absent: written with a lower case letter (b)
trait a quality or characteristic that makes one organism different from another
asexual reproduction reproduction involving only one parent that produces offspring identical to the parent
sexual reproduction reproduction involving two parents that produces offspring with genetic material from both parents
Created by: hornetscience