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Not A Bad Analogy

a: Allele ~
b: dessert

What: "An "allele" is the form that the gene can take, or how well it can do the job. Think of it using a bad analogy: "gene" is like dessert, "allele" is like pie or cake. After dinner, you need your dessert, but some people have pie, others have cake."

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Date: Apr 30 2013 12:16 PM


I'll Have The One With Raisins

a: Allele ~
b: a variation of protein recipe

What: "Genes are like recipes for proteins. An allele is like a variation of that recipe. There could be a recipe for oatmeal cookies that has two variations: one with raisins and one without. A gene for skin color could have two variations: one with freckles and one without."

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Date: Apr 30 2013 12:20 PM


There Are 2 Choices

a: Allele ~
b: a pair of high heels

What: "If you imagine a gene as a shoebox, an allele is like a pair of high heels or a pair of sneakers. As long as it is a shoe, it can go into the box, but it does not have to be a specific type of shoe."

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Date: Apr 30 2013 12:22 PM


The Presence Of An Allele In A Population

a: Allele ~
b: radioactive decay

What: "The second point is how the fixation of a neutral allele in a population is like radioactive decay; and it's like it in this sense: in neither the case of the fixation of neutral alleles, nor in the case of say looking at a gram of uranium-238, do you know which mutation will be fixed or which atom will decay. But, because there's so many of them, in both cases you know very precisely how many events will happen in a certain period of time." See the whole lecture for more details of an allele as a molecular clock.

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Writer: Stephen Stearns
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Date: Apr 30 2013 12:27 PM


X=something And X=something Else

a: Allele ~
b: the value of a variable

What: "An allele is like the value of a variable, and represents the effect that a gene will have on the physical makeup of a body"

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Date: Apr 30 2013 12:31 PM


This Or That But Not Both When 2 Occurs

a: Allele ~
b: two page instruction book

What: "First of all, genes are in chromosomes. A gene is like a one page instruction book telling your body what color you might have etc. But an allele is like a two page instruction book telling your body that your hair color could be brown (or any other color) or black(or any other color). Alleles are the different forms of the same gene."

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Writer: Dave
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Date: Apr 30 2013 12:35 PM



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