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Name: Dan J.
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Date: March 2004


Question:
Are fingerprints inherited through incomplete dominance or through codominance? I have seen it mentioned both ways.



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Sometimes this is a problem of semantics. Some books don't use the term incomplete dominance at all. Codominance is where the effect of both genes are seen in the phenotype. So, incomplete dominance really is a form of codominance because the dominant and recessive forms really are both seen. For example in snapdragons, red is due to 2 reds, white is due to 2 nonfunctional products, and pink is due to one red and one nonfunctional, so the effects of both are seen.

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