How are aquired traits different from inherited traits?

Asked by akshitajain | 1st Nov, 2009, 09:23: PM

Expert Answer:

Inheritable traits are traits that get passed down from generation to the next generation. This might include things like passing red hair down in a family. For animals it may include things like the stripes on a tiger, a skunks ability to spray, or the flavor of fruit from different apple trees. All plants and animals that reproduce pass on traits to their offspring.

Acquired trait is a nonhereditary change of function or structure in a plant or animal made in response to the environment. They are acquired during the lifetime of an individual. Acquired traits include things such as calluses on fingers, larger muscle size from exercise etc.

Changes occurring in the DNA of germ cells are heritable whereas changes taking place in the non-reproductive tissues are not inherited.

Answered by  | 2nd Nov, 2009, 07:44: AM

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