Question & Answers
Q. What is a paleopedologist?
A. Paleopedology: The study of geologically old and generally fossilized soils, especially to obtain information about the history of environmental and biological conditions on Earth ; a branch of soil science that studies the soils of past geologic times
paleopedologist: One who studies paleopedology
Q. What is ALLELE? And what is an allele?
A. ALLELE is an acronym for ALabama LEctures on Life’s Evolution, a free and open-to-the-public lecture series hosted by an informal assembly of faculty, staff, and students at The University of Alabama called the Evolution Working Group (EVOWOG). For more information and a list of upcoming speakers, visit the ALLELE web site: http://evolution.as.ua.edu/
A. An allele is one of two or more alternative forms of a gene that arise by mutation and are found at the same place on a chromosome. If both alleles are the same, the organism is homozygous. If the alleles are different, the individual is heterozygous and one allele will most likely be dominant, the other recessive. The allele for brown eyes is dominant and the allele for blue eyes recessive in humans, for example.