IGCSE Biology Paper-3: Specimen Questions with Answers 255 - 256 of 358

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Coat color in cattle is inherited in a very similar way to blood groups in humans. The gene for coat color has two codominant alleles:

CB which is the allele for brown coat

CW which is the allele for white coat.

Table shows the genotypes and phenotypes of different coat colors seen in a herd of cattle.

The Genotypes and Phenotypes of Different Coat Colors Seen in a Herd of Cattle

Question 255 (3 of 5 Based on Passage)

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A farmer crossed several roan colored cows with a roan colored bull.

Complete the genetic diagram to show the ratio of expected phenotypes among the offspring.

Brown and Roan Bull


Brown and Roan Bull

Question 256 (4 of 5 Based on Passage)


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A farmer has a herd of cows that produce milk. The farmer wants to improve the milk yield of the herd by using artificial selection (selective breeding) . The farmer buys semen (fluid containing sperm) to inseminate the cows artificially.

(i) Describe how the farmer could improve the milk yield of the cows using artificial selection.


Artificial selection is the process by which humans use animal breeding to selectively develop phenotypic traits (characteristics) by choosing which typically animal males and females will sexually reproduce and have offspring together.

Steps of Artificial Selection

  • Breeder decide trait or characteristic of interest.
  • Breed the choices together (artificial insemination used)
  • Choose offspring with ideal characteristics to mate
  • Repeat for many generations
  • The allelic frequency for the characteristic increases.
  • Decide what type of selection is occurring in the population
  • Selective, Directional, Disruptive

In order to achieve the cow yielding higher milk directional selection is used as it pushes mean of the frequency of the selected individual in one direction.

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