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My Future Child

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Immediate FamilyHitchhiker's Thumb Pedigree

MY FUTURE CHILD

For this example, I'll say I'm Homozygeous Dominant

If my husband can not bend his thumb back...

If my husband can move his thumb back...

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MY FUTURE CHILD PT. 2

For this example, I am heterozygous

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Tommy Thompson

Grandfather

Possible Genotypes:Homozygous Dominant (SS)or Heterozygous (Ss)

Phenotype:Hitchhikers Thumb

Yolanda Thompson

Grandmother

Genotype:Homozygous Recessive (ss)Phenotype:Straight thumb

Yolande Hanono

Aunt

Genotype:Heterozygous (Ss)Her daughter does not have one which means she is heterozygousPhenotype:Hitchhikers Thumb

Tommy Thompson

Father

Possible Genotype:Homozygous Dominant (SS)orHeterozygous (Ss)Phenotype:Hitchhikers Thumb

Sheri Hall

Mother

Possible Genotype:Homozygous Dominant (SS)or Heterozygous (Ss)Phenotype:Hitchhikers Thumb

Herold Henderson

Grandfather

Possible Genotype:Homozygous Dominant (SS)or Heterozygous (Ss)Phenotype:Hitchhikers Thumb

Suzanne Land

Grandmother

Possible Genotype:Homozygous Domiant (SS)orHeterozygous (Ss)Phenotype:Hitchhikers Thumb

Debbie Henderson

Aunt

Possible Genotype:Homozygous Dominant (SS)orHeterozygous (Ss)Phenotype:Hitchikers Thumb

Brian Henderson

Uncle

Possible Genotype:Homozygous Dominant (SS)or Heterozygous Phenotype:Hitchhikers Thumb

Tommy Thompson

Brother

Possible Genotype:Homozygous Dominant (SS)or Heterozygous (Ss)Phenotype:Hitchhikers Thumb

Laura Thompson

Me!

Possible Genotype:Homozygous Dominant (SS)orHeterozygous (Ss)Phenotype:Hitchhikers Thumb

Hitchhikers thumb is a genetic trait related to the flexibility of the thumb joint. Some have a straight thumb while others can bend their thumb back at the joint. This gene is controlled by a single gene with two alleles. The dominant allele gives you a straight thumb, while the recessive allele allows you to move it back. For genotypes, there can be either homozygous dominant (SS) where both alleles are dominant and result in a straight thumb, Heterozygous (Ss) still leading to the straight thumb because of the dominant allele, or you could have homozygous recessive (ss) where both alleles are recessive leading to a hitchhikers thumb. The two phenotypes are straight thumb (through homozygous dominant or heterozygous) or hitchhikers thumb from homozygous recessive. As for the traits inheritance pattern, it follows Mendelian autosomal. Autosomal refers to the chromosomes that don’t determine an individuals sex. Genetic modifiers or environmental factors could play a role in this trait as well. I chose this trait because I did not even know that some people could not move their thumb back like I could. This fascinated me and I wanted to see who else could do it in my family.

Almost my entire family had the trait. This means that almost all my family is either homozygous dominant or heterozygous. It is more likely that we are homozygous dominant than all heterozygous because atleast one of us would have been recessive.I got the trait from my mom and my dad. This gene is autosomal so it gets passed on through chromosomes. My cousin for example, her mom had the trait but she didn't this means that my aunt has to be heterozygous and got the none dominant allele from my grandma. This also means my cousins dad has to either be homozygous recessive or heterozygous aswell.