Bio1209WA1 - BIOL 1209 Spring 2010 Writing Assignment 1...

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Writing Assignment 1 Eugene Cicardo Forrest Dillemuth Section 20 General Research Question: A natural disaster could cause a food shortage that could threaten a type of bird, the Greater Prairie Chicken. The birds that have a hard beak with a square top have either a homozygous dominant or heterozygous genotype. This type of beak is beneficial for crushing their food and also sifting because of the coarse lamellae present. The Greater Prairie Chickens that are homozygous recessive do not have these phenotypic traits (Campbell-Reece 447). This is an example of complete dominance; therefore, the birds that do not have the dominant allele do not have as good fitness as the birds that possess the dominant allele in this scenario. How will the natural disaster and the food shortage affect the frequency of the dominant allele in the Greater Prairie Chicken? Null Hypothesis: There will be no change in the frequency of the dominant allele in the Greater Prairie Chicken after the natural disaster causes a food shortage. Alternative Hypothesis:
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