Pedigree. A pedigree is a genetic representation of a family tree that diagrams the inheritance of a trait or disease though several generations. The pedigree shows the relationships between family members and indicates which individuals express or silently carry the trait in question.
How do you show the presence of a trait in a pedigree?
The presence of a trait in a pedigree chart is shown as filled-in figure. If a square or a circle in the pedigree chart are white (empty), then a person does not have a particular trait. If a figure is filled in (usually black), then a person has a trait.
What is shown in a pedigree?
Pedigrees are used to analyze the pattern of inheritance of a particular trait throughout a family. Pedigrees show the presence or absence of a trait as it relates to the relationship among parents, offspring, and siblings.
How do you tell if a trait is dominant or recessive in a pedigree?
Determine whether the trait is dominant or recessive.
If the trait is dominant, one of the parents must have the trait. Dominant traits will not skip a generation. If the trait is recessive, neither parent is required to have the trait since they can be heterozygous.
What is the primary purpose of a pedigree?
5.2: Pedigree Analysis. Pedigree charts are diagrams that show the phenotypes and/or genotypes for a particular organism and its ancestors. While commonly used in human families to track genetic diseases, they can be used for any species and any inherited trait.