I am attending university, as foreigners say. It is my last semester, after an absence of six years. I am taking genetics.
And of course, what I am truly passionate about is backyard homesteading. But ya kinda have to have a backyard, and so home economics forces me to venture outward in a search for money. When I get home, after trolling Facebook and craigslist, I find myself still trying to solve the puzzle: why, when I crossed my purebred high quality German Angora buck with my French Angora doe, did I get SHORT HAIRED RABBITS.
Well, I think there are multiple genes driving wool traits. Of course! Because they have 3-4 different types of hairs, different thicknesses, different colors, different densities of guard hairs vs. under fluff wooly hairs…it’s not just whoop, der it is, wool! All the same! Right?
So here is the link of my latest google search, in my desperation for information: http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=genetic+polymorphism+angora+rabbit&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8.
Genetic polymorphism is the existence of more than two allele possibilities for a single locus. Meaning, it’s not just this or that–it’s this or that or that other or the other one or that one over there. Also happening is crossing over during the gamete (egg/sperm), creating even more variation, meaning……….? Hell if I know, I’m a hack. It’s a mumble jumble to me. Bottom line, hey people, the rabbit genome was only mapped four years ago…the human genome was only mapped in the last ten years or so…what I’m saying is…we don’t really know. Purebred lines are by definition more homozygous than the original rabbit, meaning, breeders have purposely bred out the possibility of some genes in a breed just so we get the morph, the shape, we want. So, getting to the recessive/dominant conclusion was…a generalization that I don’t believe will hold true once more studies are done. My goofy short haired german/french crosses are not normal haired! They do not express “normal” phenotype (appearance). They have more variation in hair length, they have longer hair than “normal”, they have wool on their tails. So all this “wool is recessive” jive—well it is just jive. It’s not that simple.
Or, I’m wrong. But I am often right.