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Chick Gene Project: George the “Special” Chick:

Chick Gene Project: George the “Special” Chick By: Neha K., Olivia L., and Rachel H. 1 st Period

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There once was a chicken who looked a little different than everyone else.

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All his friends could waddle around with their tails in the air, but he couldn't . He didn't have one .

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All of his siblings had tufts of fur that grew beneath their ears and he didn't .

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Everyone else in the chicken coop played Simon Says. But he didn't.

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He wandered alone picking up fallen out feathers hoping to attach them to himself so he too could have ear tufts and a tail .

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"Maybe ," he thought , "Just maybe if I have them too, then all the other chicks will like me, and I can play their games too .”

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One day he asked his dad, “Dad ? Why do I look different than everyone else ? All of my friends and all of my brothers have ear tufts and tails. I am rumpless . Is something wrong with me? ”

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“At school, I learned that when you grow your cells multiply by meiosis, sometimes something goes wrong and you can be different. Am I mutated? I think there's something wrong in my DNA."

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Dad: “Nothing's wrong with your DNA. You see, we are all the same because we are all made up of ACG&T but our sequences aren't the same, so we all look different .”

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Chick: “Sequence ? What's a sequence?”

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Dad: “The sequence is the order of the codons. The order is what makes you have the traits you do .”

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Chick: “Well why did my codons get all lined up so I have no tail and no tufts ?”

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Dad: “The reason you have the traits you do is because I gave you 23 of my chromosomes.”

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Chick: “If i got 23 chromosomes from you, dad, where did I get the rest? Surely I am not only made up of 23 chromosomes.. And I don't even look like you."

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Dad: “You're right, you also got 23 chromosomes from your mom .” Chick: “Is this why I don't have a tail or tufts like my brothers and sisters ?”

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Dad: “That's right. Clearly, I have the dominant gene for a tail, and I must be heterozygous because you, my son, don't have a tail, and neither did your mother .”

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Chick: “My mom was araucana too ?” Dad: “That's right. She and I are both aracuana .”

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