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Biological inheritance is the process by which an offspring cell or organism acquires or becomes predisposed to characteristics of its parent cell or organism. Through inheritance, variations exhibited by individuals can accumulate and cause a species to evolve.
The description of a mode of biological inheritance consists of three main categories:
These three categories are part of every exact description of a mode of inheritance in the above order. Additionally, more specifications may be added as follows:
Determination and description of a mode of inheritance is primarily achieved through statistical analysis of pedigree data. In case the involved loci are known, methods of molecular genetics can also be employed.
Ruvinsky and Sampson (2001) The Genetics of the Dog; CABI Publishing, Wallingford/New York.
Srb, Owen and Edgar (1965) General Genetics; Freeman & Company, San Francisco.
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