Problem 10

In 1981, a stray black cat with unusual rounded curled-back ears was adopted by a family in California. Hundreds of descendants of the cat have since been born, and cat fanciers hope to develop the "curl" cat into a show breed. Suppose you owned the first curl cat and wanted to develop a true breeding variety.

How would you determine whether the curl allele is dominant or recessive?

Mate the stray to a non-curl cat. If any offspring have the "curl" trait it is likely to be dominant. If the mutation is recessive, then on ly non-curl offspring will result.


How would you select for true-breeding cats?

You know that cats are true-breeding when curl crossed with curl matings produce only curl offspring.


How would you know they are true-breeding?

A pure-bred "curl cat" is homozygous.
  1. If the trait is recessive any inividual with the "curl" condition is homozygous recessive.
  2. If the trait is dominant you can determine if the individual in question is true breeding (CC) or heterozygous (Cc) with a test cross (to a homozygous recessive individual).