Introduction to genetics class geared to over-50 students

January 7, 2019

Early birds will catch some education by attending an early morning Senior College class at ASU Lake Havasu.

Dr. Daryn Stover will host an introduction to genetics every Wednesday in February entitled “Why Don’t I Look Like My Parents?”

The class meets 7:30- 8:45 a.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27 in Santiago 109. The cost is $25 for all four classes, which are geared to those 50 and older.

Eye color, hair color, ability to taste the bitterness of coffee or to digest milk, perception of pain, penchant for travel or susceptibility to osteoporosis. Humans are remarkably diverse in appearance and behavior considering that any two individuals are, on average, approximately 99 percent genetically identical.

Despite having seemingly little genetic diversity, variation in human traits, commonly called phenotypes, is a result of this genetic diversity and how it interacts with our environment. This course will cover the basics of genetic inheritance and how mutation can contribute to phenotypic variation.

Participants in this course will discover the complexity of the origins of phenotypic variation and will be able to answer the age-old question, “Why don’t I look like my parents?”

The course schedule:

Feb. 6: Introduction to Phenotypic Variation and Heritability

Feb. 13: Gene Expression: From DNA to Phenotype

Feb. 20: Origins and Potential Consequences of Mutation

Feb. 27: Gene Expression: Impact of Environmental Variation

Register for the class Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the main office at the ASU campus, 100 University Way, or call the main office at 928-854-9705.

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