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’VEGE MITES’ help genetic understanding

22/04/2016
G4
During Term 1 some of our Year 10 scientists studied Genetics and part of the practical side of this study involved creating Vegetable People.
 
These 'people' formed an isolated population living on Vegetable Island. Students were required to create family groups using vegetables.
 
Potatoes represented females, and Males were the onions. They had two choices in eye colours, arm length and feet type, and three options for hair colouring.
 
As the progeny, known as 'Vegemites', were being created, students became familiar with scientific terminology such as alleles, gametes, zygote, diploid, phenotypic ratios, dominant and recessive traits, chromosomes and more.
 
Understanding how genetics are passed from generation to generation and the possible combinations that can occur within families is fascinating and one couldn't help noticing some of the similarities within the vegetable families created during the study.