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Re: Genetic mutation
« Reply #30 on: December 17, 2008, 11:51:44 PM »
Does that explain why you sometimes get reddish hair among non-Caucasian Melanasian peoples? A throwback to  some ancient primordial ancestor perhaps?
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Re: Genetic mutation
« Reply #31 on: December 18, 2008, 11:39:06 AM »
I don't know about non Caucasian Melanesian peoples, but that's probably exactly what it is. Those peoples parents must have carried just enough remnant DNA with those that it sprouted up as dominant for that child.

See, think of genetics as a deck of cards. Each parent passes on half, so that the child has a full number of cards. But the content of those cards can be anything that both parents had. If your ancestors kept losing certain genetic codes due to predators or lack of breeding, then you will end up with only those that serve useful and are passed on.

So in the case of a very unusual trait popping up, then it's like both parents had a deck with half black cards, and half red cards with all the reds on bottom, and all the black cards on top. So they both passed on half of both the black and red cards. It got shuffled to be the unique gene code that is each person, with just enough red cards from both parents to be on top creating the very rare coloring of that person.
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Re: Genetic mutation
« Reply #32 on: December 18, 2008, 10:11:48 PM »
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It got shuffled to be the unique gene code that is each person, with just enough red cards from both parents to be on top creating the very rare coloring of that person.

So if you carefully isolate that gene code and ensure that people who carry it are only allowed to mate with each other, it'll evantually become firmly established in the wider community,right? Is that what they call selective breeding? Thanks. 
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Re: Genetic mutation
« Reply #33 on: December 19, 2008, 12:40:31 PM »
Exactly!!! That's why breeders make sure their pure bred dogs only breed with other purebreds, so all the genetic codes they spent centuries building aren't messed up or polluted.

Breeding creatures is also an artificial evolution, basically the handlers are acting like an environment, ensuring that only the genes that they want (otherwise known as genes that will ensure survival in the wild) will pass on.
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Re: Genetic mutation
« Reply #34 on: December 22, 2008, 06:43:33 PM »
Not necessarily... I mean, look at toy dogs... You think they'd survive in the wild? =P I highly doubt you'd see a roving pack of Pomeranians terrorizing someone's live stock.
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Re: Genetic mutation
« Reply #35 on: December 23, 2008, 07:37:48 AM »
They'd survive in the wild urban settings.

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Those really tiny genes are what breeders chose to keep the toys cute and puntable.  Regina was just making an analogy.

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Re: Genetic mutation
« Reply #36 on: December 23, 2008, 07:45:48 AM »
Yeah, I'd have to agree with you, Dae. However, without humans around small dogs would most likely be eaten by larger dogs.
Anyway, if someone wants to make a thread about this in Monstrous Animals that would be great, but we really need to get :focus:
Anyone else here have strange mutations?