In a given population, is the dominant trait the
most frequently occurring? One way to find out would be to participate in
the Human Genetics: A Worldwide Search for the
Dominant Trait telecollaborative project and ask a lot of people all over the world which traits they
have and then analyze the collected data to see if the dominant trait occurs
more frequently than the recessive trait. This telecollaborative project is
geared to high school students and is run twice a year, in the fall and spring.
While this experience can be both exciting and an authentic
learning experience, it unfortunately may take longer to implement in a college
course than the time allotted. Therefore for this activity, you will make
predictions and conduct a brief genetic survey with peers in your classroom by
analyzing several common dominant / recessive traits and then use archived data
collected from the Human Genetics project to determine if dominant traits
occur more frequently.