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We cannot pass on to our progeny the experiences and qualifications earned during our life time. Justify the statement giving reason and examples.



The experiences and qualifications that a person earns during his/her lifetime are examples of acquired traits. These traits cannot be inherited. For example, a wrestler develops large muscles because of his training programme; it does not mean that his offspring will necessarily have large muscles. These characters do not affect the DNA make-up of germ cells of an organism; thus, they are not passed on to the next generation. On the other hand, inherited traits are the traits that are transferred from the parents to their offspring. Inherited traits are coded by genes present in the DNA of gamete cells from where they are transferred to the progeny. Examples of inherited traits are skin colour and eye colour.
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