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Asked • 04/02/19

How is eye color in humans inherited?

In high school we studied the inheritance of eye color, as it was explained to us in the most simple way: blue eye color is a recessive, monogenic, autosomal trait. Now I know that it is a bit more complicated than that; there are several genes which determine the inheritance of eye color. That's as far as I my knowledge goes. Which are these genes and what do they encode for? How is the eye color trait inherited? Provided that a man with blue eyes and a woman with brown eyes have a child, can the probability of their child to have blue eyes be calculated?

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Heidi R. answered • 07/02/19

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