Field of Alleles is a simple online interactive simulation about genetic inheritance for middle and high school audiences. It uses flower color to illustrate some of the basic principles of genetics and how alleles are passed down from parents to offspring.
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To play this simulation, the user simply selects two parent plants to cross, then views the outcome of the child plants in their garden. They can also view the Punnett square layout, phenotype and genotype ratios.
The simulation includes 6 possible alleles for flower color, which combined in different ways can create up to 8 different flower phenotypes. The alleles combinations include examples of traditional Mendelian inheritance, incomplete dominance, codominance, lethal alleles, pleiotropy, and mutations.
Field of Alleles is a great way for teachers to clearly show the basic principles of genetics in action, and for students to experiment with the concepts and outcomes themselves.