VGLII (The Virtual Genetics Lab) is a simulation of transmission genetics that approximates, as closely as possible, the hypothesis-testing environment of genetics research. In this lab, students cross hypothetical creatures and examine the progeny in order to determine the mechanism of inheritance of a particular trait. As in actual research, it is not possible to ‘see the answer’ – the student must decide for herself when she has collected enough data to be sure of her model. The goal is to have students understand the logic of genetic analysis – how one can use crosses to determine how a trait is inherited and reinforce their understanding of transmission genetics.
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