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IGCSE Bio Topic 17 – Inheritance

Here are key terms and some definitions: Key Terms B9

GCSE Bitesize more-or-less covers all of Variation, Inheritance & Evolution in 15m.

For self-assessment questions, with exercises and discussions, just click on the correct topic at Biology GCSE & IGCSE Question Bank. A powerpoint can be downloaded from the same site here. The s-cool revision site lets you revise the topic, summarizes the topic & tests you on it. GCSE Bitesize has revision pages (that take you through the topic), a test and an activity.

Here’s Penguins in peril: Inheritance – know your genetic jargon & ratios:

Play this game on the what2learn site

This is a great power-point that covers most of this topic, although we don’t need to know about co-dominance or pedigree charts:

10.2 Inheritance

10.2 inheritance from Bob Smullen

Crossing over & Linked Genes: (a 7 minute lesson):

Paul Andersen explains how Linked Genes behave using fruit flies in a 17m 22s tutorial.


The science of skin color – Angela Koine Flynn, a 5m vid from TED-Ed.

Breaking the illusion of skin color, a 15m TED-Ed video from Nina Jablonski

3.1 Genes

IB Biology 3.1 genes from Bob Smullen

Many assessment statements are covered in videos by Stephanie Castle (with more being added all the time).

Some excellent interactive animations & tutorials on DNA & Genetics – just click on ‘Tour the Basics’ & ‘Heredity & Traits’.

Where do genes come from? A TED-Ed video (not on the syllabus):

17.3 Mitosis & 17.4 Meiosis

Mitosis (in english). And here is Mitosis in american & mitosis – a 2m 45 s vid from Bitesize Top 20 Demos. Also here is What is Mitosis? (a 3m 45s lesson) & Mitosis music video by Peter Weatherall (2m 7s).

Here is Meiosis in american (and in more detail than you need).

Science Bank 9 (Cells & Tissues): Part 3 (from 9m 15s) also covers Mitosis & Meiosis. As does Cell Division (a 2m 3s vid from BBC iScience) & Cell Division (a 5m 23s vid from GCSE Bitesize).

17.3 & 17.4 revision notes in downloadable word format.

17.5 Monohybrid Inheritance (Genetics)

A short, simple explanation of Gregor Mendel’s work and simple gentetic crosses:

17.5 Inheritance notes in downloadable word format; to be completed.

GCSE Bitesize – Inheritance, a tutorial (4m 46s):

BBC Short Circuit Genetics – a 19m video.

Here are some videos about genetic diseases: Sam’s story (cystic fibrosis) & CF short movie; sickle cell anaemia; what is Huntington’s disease?

9A Inheritance & Selection


Scientific Eye – Reproduction & Genetics (a 19m video) and here is a 15m 25s video covering Variation, Selective Breeding & Classification from KS3 Bitesize:

What is Selective Breeding? – a 2m 30s video:

Super Cow Creatorsthese gigantic cows resemble bovine body-builders. See how breeders have achieved such amazing results (4m 44s).

BBC Short Circuit Genetics – a 19m video – and Genetic Engineering (Science in Focus) – another 19m video.