I absolutely love biology, and I’m going into the medical field so I have to take it again at some point. I took Biology I Honors my sophomore year of high school and I LOVED it. Learning about genes was probably my favorite part.
You know what I also love? Cartoons. My favorite right now is The Loud House and what a good show it is to put some science into it. I’m talking genetics specifically.
So sit down everyone because this is what happens when a health science major watches cartoons. (No read more because I’m on mobile)
So there’s 11 kids right? And only a few them have traits that are different from the others. There are two kinds of alleles, dominant and recessive.
Dominant is when you get a trait from only one parent, recessive you have to get from both parents. Whether a certain trait is dominant or not depends on your family. There are lists online that say it’s true for all humans, but I learned in school that this is not true always.
Now let’s talk about Lincoln’s and Lucy’s hair.
We have 4 different hair colors in this family: brown, blond, white, and black. All different shades too.
The dad has brown and mom has blond. 5 kids have blonde, 4 have brown. Although some like to say that Luan has red hair.
We can determine from this that both blonde and brown are dominant genes in this family, so the kids only got it from one parent.
Lincoln and Lucy are the only kids who have different hair that’s not blond or brown. They have white and black, respectively. Now we’ve seen that there are other family members who have this hair color. So it’s most likely a recessive gene.
This means that both of the parent carry the allele for white hair and black hair, but since brown and blond are dominant, they occur more than the others.
Another really cool thing is that while a dominant gene always trumps the recessive, a person can receive both a dominant and recessive allele for the same gene.
So basically, some of the sisters could be carriers of white or black hair. Although like I said before, since it’s a recessive gene, their partner would also have to be a carrier for that gene.
Since Lincoln has white hair, it’s a dominant gene for him, so it’s more likely for his kids to have white hair too. Same goes for Lucy with black.
Alright I hope you all enjoyed this little science lesson today. I hope it’s helpful in giving you tips on how to make your fan kids lol
You should check out Welcome to My Life by Elizabeth Ito! It’s a Cartoon Network short that was just released and it has garnered quite a bit of totally deserved critical praise. It’s like a warm blanket you just wanna wrap yourself up in. I love it!
So catching up on Samurai Jack for the new season. During Season 3 Episode 6 Jack is lead by multiple creatures to a time portal, fighting the guardian in an attempt to pass, but failed. What struck me was the image the portal created:
His hair have grown significantly and with an equally long beard, implying that’s the future. Then you look at the first episode of season 5: