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Posted: September 12, 1997

PREFACE

It is the intention of this presentation to explain the principles of genetics and apply, as applicable, the specifics of cockatiel genetics (i.e., the various mutations). As an avian hobbyist, my current knowledge on cockatiel mutations is limited to what I read - I possess no laboratory or large flock for study. There is still much to be learnt about cockatiel genetics. For those mutations that are still controversial among cockatiel breeders, it would be appropriate to present the breeding data with the various conclusions. I will gladly post or link any information of this type to this page.


Genetics is a complex topic. In addition, genetic doctrine has many unique terms to describe various things and events. Throughout this presentation, I will use these terms. This approach will serve two purposes. First, to provide an accurate description and second, to indoctrinate the beginner to the proper genetic terminology to help with further self study in this area.


I am immensely grateful to Dr. William D. Stansfield for his help and review of the genetic principles I will discuss in this presentation. Any errors in this presentation remain solely my responsibility and upon notification and verification will be promptly corrected. I hope you find the following information useful and if you have information which would be beneficial to this page, please e-mail me at cabinsoft@adelphia.net


Alan D. Mason
B.S. Zoology/Microbiology (1978)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst


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TOPICS


GENES AND CHROMOSOMES
MEIOSIS
SYMBOLIZATION AND PREDICTION METHODS
SEX-LINKED GENES
AUTOSOMAL GENES
SEX-LINKED AND AUTOSOMAL GENE COMBINATIONS
MULTIPLE AUTOSOMAL COMBINATIONS
LINKAGE AND CROSSOVER
TYPES OF MUTATIONS
GENE INTERACTIONS


SIDE NOTE

The Cockatiel Cabin offers software that will perform genetic predictions and track other information within an aviary. Go to the Bird Tracker Main Page for more information.

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