Phenotype

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  • a type or kind that is determined on the basis of visible traits, as distinguished from genotype, which is based on gene content
    Source: Noland, George B. 1983. General Biology, 11th Edition. St. Louis, MO. C. V. Mosby
  • The observable characteristics of an organism, the expression of gene alleles (genotype) as an observable physical or biochemical trait.
  • A phenotype is an individual's observable traits, such as height, eye color, and blood type. The genetic contribution to the phenotype is called the genotype. Some traits are largely determined by the genotype, while other traits are largely determined by environmental factors.


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