Re: I know one when I see one

From: John Wilkins (
Date: Tue 29 Oct 2002 - 05:31:01 GMT

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    On Tuesday, October 29, 2002, at 02:16 PM, Grant Callaghan wrote:

    >> > >
    >> > >Do the genes for blood type replicate themselves? If so, how?
    >> > >
    >> > Aren't the characteristics of blood type passed from father or
    >> mother
    >> > to son? I understand that paternity can be proven or denied on that
    >> > basis. Or does some outside force cause these characteristics to be
    >> > lodged in the child? There's also the fact that the information
    >> > contained in the DNA creates the protines and other factors that the
    >> > blood type expresses. So if the genes don't do the replicating,
    >> what
    >> > does?
    >> Here we are dealing with multiple dominant and recessive traits; A, B,
    >> AB or O, RH factor + or -.
    >> >
    > Aren't these inherited characteristics encoded in the DNA of the
    > parents?
    100% genetically determined - there's a chart in a recent New Scientist with some %ages of genetic determinations based on twin studies. It seem Larsen cartoon appreciation is 0% genetically determined, which strikes me as odd, given the similarities of personality of those who do appreciate The Master.

    John S Wilkins
    Head, Communication Services
    The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
    Parkville, Victoria, Australia
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