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    Modern Understandings of Inheritance Resources

    Modern Understandings of Inheritance Resources


    This chapter begins with the details of the Chromosome Theory of Inheritance and moves onto discuss homologous recombination and the creation of new chromosomes.  It also describes genetic linkage maps and how to calculate distances of genes on chromosomes.  The second part of this chapter is focused on karyotypes, nondisjunction and creation of individuals with abnormal numbers of chromosomes. 

    Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives (Biology I - III6 TAGs)

    1. Chromosomal Theory and Genetic Linkage
    2. Chromosomal Basis of Inherited Disorders


    Recommended Textbook Resources

    Chapter 13: Modern Understandings of InheritanceBiology 2e

    OpenStax: Biology 2e

    Biology 2e is designed to cover the scope and sequence requirements of a typical two-semester biology course for science majors. The text provides comprehensive coverage of foundational research and core biology concepts through an evolutionary lens. Biology includes rich features that engage students in scientific inquiry, highlight careers in the biological sciences, and offer everyday applications. The book also includes various types of practice and homework questions that help students understand—and apply—key concepts.

    The 2nd edition has been revised to incorporate clearer, more current, and more dynamic explanations, while maintaining the same organization as the first edition. Art and illustrations have been substantially improved, and the textbook features additional assessments and related resources. 

    Student Assessment Activities

    Chapter 13 Activities

    Assessment 1: Mitosis and Meiosis Comparison 

    Assessment 2: Modeling Mitosis, Meiosis, and Nondisjunction with Beads

    Assessment 3: Faulty Meiosis Activity 

    Assessment 4: Computer Simulations to Study Chapter 13 Concepts 

    Assessment 5: Karyotype Paper