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As we start down the path of dissection of complex traits, perhaps we can find the genes to make our farm animals more productive, or at least more colorful.

Course Basics

Basic concepts of quantitative and population genetics, including gene and genotypic frequencies, multiple factor hypothesis, phenotypic and genotypic values, heritability, selection, genetic variation, the detection of quantitative trait loci and evolution in populations.



Problems to Try and Solve In Falconer & Mackay

Chapter 7: 7.3 and 7.7; try 7.1 and 7.6 too!

Chapter 8: 8.2 and 8.3

Chapter 9: 9. 9.2 and 9.3

Chapter 10: 10.2 and 10.7

Chapter 11: 11.1, 11.2, 11.4 and 11.9

Chapter 12: 12.1 (this one is hard; I mention it only for those who are especially interested in selection problems)

Chapter 14: 14.1 and 14.7 (we may never discuss heterosis in the F2 - again a problem for those interested in the topic of heterosis)

Chapter 18: 18.2

Chapter 19: 19.2 and 19.5