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The most fundamental and important aspects of biology are heredity and evolution, which are connected by inheritable features. These two terminologies assist us in learning and comprehending how the life cycle on Earth continues. Both concepts are tied to one another, and there can be no evolution without heredity. The area of biology known as genetics is concerned with the concepts of inheritance, genes, variation, and evolution. 


The process by which a child inherits predetermined traits from its parent cell is known as heredity. It begins with the recombination and segregation of genes during cell division and fertilization and is the process of passing genetic features from parents to their offspring.


For instance, when a single bacterium divides, it creates two new bacteria, which then split once more to create four new bacteria. Due to minute mistakes in the DNA replicating process, the newly created individuals would be remarkably similar to one another and would only differ slightly from one another. In terms of asexual reproduction, this is the case.

Greater individual variation can be seen when it comes to sexual reproduction. A species’ chances of survival in the environment are not the same for all of these modifications. Their potential mostly depends on how variations or evolution will play out. Different people benefit from different things.

Drosophila, which has a high thermal tolerance, will, for instance, survive a heat wave better. The source of the evolutionary process is thus determined in this case by the environmental conditions that select for particular variations. The process by which features, and qualities are reliably inherited is determined by a similar pattern and the laws of heredity, even though there are still a few overt effects of reproduction that affect subsequent generations of people.

Parents Pass on their Characteristics to their Children

When two parents reproduce sexually, their genes are used to pass on traits, which are genetically defined features, to their offspring. This genetic data is carried by DNA, which is present in our cells’ chromosomes.

How do these Traits get Expressed?

The traits are expressed as the genotype, which is the organism’s genetic makeup, and the phenotype, which is how those qualities manifest physically.

For example, tallness and dwarfness might have contrasting characteristics depending on the height of the plant. In contrast to dwarfism, the trait of tallness is indicated by a distinct genotype. As a result, the tall and dwarf characteristics of plants are their phenotypes, while the genes that cause them are their genotypes.

Expression of qualities

Genes are based on the inheritance of an individual’s chromosomal characteristics. The chromosomes contain the genes, which can be expressed as a visible trait depending on the type of gene in the organism.

The functional proteins that aid in expressing the organism’s outward appearance is produced by the gene once it has first been translated to mRNA through transcription. As a result, the gene’s ability to produce proteins aids in the development of particular phenotypes. The information needed to make proteins in the cell comes from cellular DNA. The gene for a protein is a segment of DNA that contains the necessary instructions to make that protein.

 How do proteins regulate the traits?

Let’s use being tall as an example of a characteristic. We are aware that hormones in plants can stimulate growth. Thus, the amount of a specific plant hormone may affect plant height. The effectiveness of the manufacturing process will determine how much plant hormone is produced. Now think about an enzyme that is crucial to this procedure. The plant will grow tall and produce a large amount of hormone if this enzyme functions effectively.

Both parents must contribute equally to the progeny’s DNA during sexual reproduction if the interpretations of Mendelian experiments that we have been considering are true. If both parents can influence a trait in the offspring, then both parents must be passing on a copy of the same gene. This implies that each pea plant needs to have two sets of all the genes, one inherited from each parent. Every germ cell in order for this mechanism to function needs to have the same gene set.

Central Dogma

Central Dogma


The phrase “the Central Dogma” was created by Francis Crick to describe how information moves from nucleic acids to proteins. DNA-encoded information is translated into RNA, which then produces a protein’s linear amino acid sequence. Although transcription and reverse transcription allow for the reversible transfer of information between DNA and RNA, no mechanism for changes in the amino acid sequence of a protein to cause an equivalent change in the RNA or DNA has yet been discovered.


  • DNA is translated into RNA. 
  • The RNA polymerase enzyme reads the DNA strand serving as a template before creating an RNA molecule whose bases are complementary to the DNA strand.
  • RNA is made in the same way as DNA, 5′ -> 3′, and RNA polymerase reads DNA templates 3′ -> 5′.
    The “coding” strand of DNA shares the same nucleotide sequence as RNA, with the exception that uracil (U) is present in RNA instead of thymine (T).
  • In order for RNA polymerases in prokaryotes and eukaryotes to recognize the beginning of genes, DNA-binding proteins called transcription factors must attach to specific sequence motifs in the DNA called promoters.
  • Just “downstream” of the promoter, transcription is initiated when transcription factors enlist RNA polymerase to attach to the promoter sequence.

RNA to Protein

RNA to protein translation: Translation happens by using an mRNA molecule as a template to create a protein. There are three main elements needed to convert an RNA base sequence to an amino acid sequence in a protein:

  • Messenger RNA (mRNA): Protein-coding genes allow for the synthesis of mRNA. (Genes encoding rRNAs and tRNAs are examples of other types of genes that do not encode proteins.)
  • Ribosomes: Large assemblies of ribosomal RNA molecules (rRNAs) and several proteins make up ribosomes. When they are not functioning, they split into two parts, the small and large subunits, each of which contains an rRNA and a number of proteins. The fact that the catalytic region for the peptidyl-transfer reaction—which involves adding additional amino acids to the expanding polypeptide chain—is made entirely of rRNA astounded scientists when the structures of bacterial ribosomes were identified at high resolution. As a result, the ribosome is not an enzyme but rather a massive ribozyme, or a catalytic RNA molecule supported by several proteins.
  • Transfer RNAs (tRNAs): that are “charged” with their respective amino acids or carrying those amino acids in addition to them. The amino acid and the mRNA codon are matched by tRNAs. The nucleotides in an mRNA codon complement the bases in the anticodon loop. A high-energy link between the relevant amino acid and the 3′ ends of the tRNA exists. Amino-acyl tRNA synthetases are a family of enzymes found in cells that identify different tRNAs and “charge” them by attaching the proper amino acid.
  • The ribosomal small subunit and a unique initiator tRNA carrying the amino acid methionine start translation towards the 5′ ends of the mRNA. Most of the time, translation starts at the AUG triplet nearest to the mRNA’s 5′ end. The tiny subunit of the ribosome simply “scans” from the 5′ ends of the mRNA until it locates the first AUG codon in eukaryotes. In prokaryotes, the ribosome normally attaches to a certain sequence, “positioning” the ribosome at the initial AUG. Translation always starts with an AUG codon (methionine) in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The big ribosomal subunit then docks.
  • New tRNAs with complementary anti-codons to the mRNA codons and the associated amino acids come when the ribosome advances three bases at a time along the mRNA from the 5′ to the 3′ direction. To connect the amino acid to the carboxyl end of the expanding polypeptide chain, a peptide bond is formed. The empty tRNA is ejected to make place for a fresh aminoacyl tRNA as the ribosome travels another three nucleotides.
  • Additionally, the polypeptide chain produced by the ribosome possesses directionality; one end of the chain has a free amino group, while the other end has a free carboxyl group. These are referred to as the N- and C-termini, respectively. Polypeptide chains lengthen from the N-terminus to the C-terminus because new amino acids are only added to a free carboxyl end.

FAQs on How these Traits get Expressed

Question 1: Describe heredity.


The passing down of genes, characteristics from one generation to the next is referred to as heredity.

Question 2: Describe evolution.


Evolution is a process in which changes in heritable genes or characteristics of biological organisms, over a very long time.

Question 3: What is stated in the Law of Segregation?


According to the law of segregation, each diploid person has two alleles (copies) of a certain trait.

Question 4: Why are learned characteristics not inherited?


Over the course of their existence, organisms acquire qualities. Since these features are a result of non-reproductive tissue, they cannot be passed forward.

Question 5: Describe a gene. Where do genes reside?


DNA fragments are referred to as genes which carry all the genetic information. Genes are located on chromosomes.

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Last Updated : 17 Nov, 2022
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