Y chromosome inheritance
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Y chromosome inheritance


Y chromosome inheritance

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The Y chromosome is inherited from father to son, and so follows the male line through the generations. Due to random sampling, Y chromosome genotypes get "lost", and so the number of different Y chromosome genotypes gradually decreases through the generations. This exercise simulates the process through the generations and the process can be followed to "fixation". It also can be repeated over and over, and so the variability in the process and the final outcome can be experienced. (The... More
Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Javascript
Date Added to MERLOT: May 07, 2004
Date Modified in MERLOT: July 31, 2012
Submitter: Henry Schaffer


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Primary Audience: College General Ed, Graduate School, Professional
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: This is an HTML page with Javascript running the simulation. It works on all the graphics browsers tested with Javascript enabled.
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: yes
Accessiblity Information Available: yes
Creative Commons: unsure


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