Problem 1

A rooster with gray feathers is mated with a hen of the same phenotype. Among their offspring, 15 chicks are gray, 6 are black, and 8 are white.

What is the simplest explanation for the inheritance of these colors in chickens?

Incomplete or codominance. Feather color is controlled by 2 genes B = black and b = white. The third phenotype is the result of a 50-50 mix of black and white to produce gray.

The 15 gray, 6 black, and 8 white birds represent a 2:1:1 ratio&emdash;the result of mating two heterozygous individuals: (Bb x Bb)


1 BB : 2 Bb : 1 bb


What offspring would you predict from the mating of a gray rooster and a black hen?

A gray rooster (Bb ) mated to a black hen (BB ) can be represented by the following Punnett square:


50% of the offspring should be gray (Bb ) and 50% black (BB )