Outcome: Heredity and Disease

Explain the conventions of a family pedigree and predict whether a disease will be passed through a family in one of three modes.

Over the years, we’ve seen that some diseases are hereditary. In this outcome, we’ll learn just how some diseases can be passed through a family line.

What You’ll Learn to Do

  • Understand why geneticists use pedigrees to track human diseases.
  • Understand how a pedigree analysis is used to identify the inheritance pattern of a genetic disorder.

Learning Activities

The learning activities for this section include the following:

  • Reading: Pedigrees and Disease
  • Video: Pedigree Flowchart
  • Video: Genetic Disorder and Pedigrees
  • Self Check: Heredity and Disease