Name: Patricia M.
Do each of your fingers on one hand inherit their fingerprint
from a different set of allelles? yes /no
If not how can you have a loop fingerprint and a whorl print on the same
Fingerprints are determined primarily by genetics, but they are also subject
to environmental modification during fetal development. This explains why
the fingerprints of twins are similar but not identical, as described in the
following answers to a question regarding "Twins and Fingerprints" from the
Ask A Scientist General Science Archive:
So each fingerprint on one individual's hand would be subject to similar
environmental modification in utero, as well.
Thanks for the good question,
Jeff Buzby, Ph.D.
Children's Hospital of Orange County
Division of Educational Programs
Argonne National Laboratory
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