What do you know about your family tree? Have any of your relatives had health problems that tend to run in families? Which of these problems affected your parents or grandparents? Which ones affect you or your brothers or sisters now? Which problems might you pass on to your children?
Genetics is the study of the way physical traits and characteristics get passed down from one generation to the next. This is also called heredity. Genetics includes the study ofgenes, which have a special code called DNA that determines what you will look like and whether you are likely to have certain illnesses.
In this grading period, you will learn why mitosis and meiosis are important to the six kingdoms. You will also learn how to predict genotypes and phenotypes using Punnett squares.