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Genetics Mini-Project

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Honors Genetics Mini-Project - Design a Species
Objective: Genetics follows certain rules, as illustrated by punnett squares, principles of dominance
and recessiveness, and rules related to the location of alleles on the chromosomes. In animals
certain traits are expressed in predictable ways. In this project, you are going to design your own
imaginary species, and create traits for the species that follow genetic rules that you have already
studied.
The creature should have at least 5 genetic traits from the following list. You are free to create
whatever traits you like (such as hair color, size, shape, or other features)
● 2 Simple (complete) dominance traits
● 1 Codominant or Incomplete dominance traits
● 1 Multiple allele trait
● 1 Sex linked trait
Your final project should have the following elements:
1. Describe or sketch each of the traits from the list, listing genotypes and phenotypes for each.
Partial sketches are fine in this case.
2. Sketch two examples of your creature – one male and one female. The two examples must have
different genotypes. Each sketch should have the genotype listed for all traits.
3. Show a dihybrid cross (using your 2 simple dominance traits—ex: AaBb x AaBb) List the
phenotypic ratios. Must be a 4 x 4 Punnett square.
4. Create 5 practice problems, using any of the traits. These should be word problems. Do not just
write Aa x Aa. Include solutions for each practice problem showing all 5 steps.
5. Describe and illustrate your species habitat, special skills, and other important features.
How to set up your booklet: You will need 1 piece of construction paper and 2 pieces of white
computer paper. Fold white paper and construction paper in half to form a booklet.
● Cover: Well-designed cover with your species’ name and your name
● Inside Front Cover: Glue THIS instruction sheet
● Page 1: Description and sketch of each trait
● Pages 2-3: Male and Female example
● Page 4: Dihybrid Cross
● Page 5: 5 Word Problems
● Pages 6-7: Solutions to word problems
● Page 8: Species description and illustration of your creature in action
Genetics Mini-Project - Design a Species
Objective: Genetics follows certain rules, as illustrated by punnett squares, principles of dominance
and recessiveness, and rules related to the location of alleles on the chromosomes. In animals, such
as mouse, certain traits are expressed in predictable ways. In this project, you are going to design
your own imaginary species, and create traits for the species that follow genetic rules that you have
already studied.
The creature should have at least 5 genetic traits from the following list. You are free to create
whatever traits you like (such as hair color, size, shape, or other features)
● 3 Simple (complete) dominance traits
● 1 Codominant trait
● 1 Incomplete dominance trait
Your final project should have the following elements:
1. Describe or sketch each of the traits from the list, listing genotypes and phenotypes for each.
Partial sketches are fine in this case.
2. Sketch two examples of your creature – one male and one female. The two examples must have
different genotypes. Each sketch should have the genotype listed for all traits.
3. Create 5 practice problems, using any of the traits. These should be word problems. Do not just
write Aa x Aa. Include solutions for each practice problem showing all 5 steps.
4. Describe and illustrate your species habitat, special skills, and other important features.
How to set up your booklet: You will need 1 piece of construction paper and 2 pieces of white
computer paper. Fold white paper and construction paper in half to form a booklet.
● Cover: Well-designed cover with your species’ name and your name
● Inside Front Cover: Glue THIS instruction sheet
● Page 1: Description and sketch of each trait
● Pages 2-3: Male and Female example
● Page 4: 5 Word Problems
● Pages 5-6: Solutions to word problems
● Page 7: Species description and illustration of your creature in action
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