Biological Science (6th Edition)

Published by Benjamin Cummings
ISBN 10: 0321976495
ISBN 13: 978-0-32197-649-9

Chapter 1 - Biology and the Tree of Life - Review: 3

Answer

A heritable characteristic is one which can be passed on to offspring.

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A heritable characteristic is connected to a portion of an organism's genetic makeup. For animals, the paternal and maternal DNA structures contribute to the genetic makeup of the offspring, passing down these portions of DNA to future generations. These heritable characteristics can influence physical characteristics, like a person's hair color, or can cause genetic disorders, like sickle cell anemia.
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