Study Genetics Using a Real Population of Unpedigreed Domestic Cats
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Domestic cats make good test subjects because they are familiar to students, have small litters, and can be used to demonstrate principles such as gene assortment, allelic segregation, dominant and recessive traits, incomplete dominance, sex linkage, and gene interaction. The simulation lets students choose to mate their cats based on coat color and the presence or absence of a normal tail. They can also introduce unrelated cats into the program at any stage, as well as run subsequent matings among the litter or backcross offspring to parents. The program displays phenotypes with actual photos. The simulation can be open-ended or you can direct students through 15 investigations, and as students do the simulation, they will learn how to define research problems, control variables, predict outcomes, analyze and interpret data, and study causal relationships. The software also includes a chi square test feature and a printed teacher's manual.System RequirementsMac: iMac or G3 or higher, OS 8.5 - OS X, 32MB RAMWindows: Pentium, Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP, 32MB RAM