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Posted by AgentOfLillith on May 09, 2003 at 18:33:10:
In Reply to: Beginner's Question posted by widdletweety on May 09, 2003 at 18:05:32:
Het is short for Heterozygous. It's used when determining the genetics of an animal, and it helps predict what sort of babies you'll get when you breed that animal with another one.
Heterozygous specifically means they have one of the pair of chromosomes that are needed to express a certain trait. If you have two pairs of a recessive gene, then you'll express that chromosome, for example, amels, you need two genes for amel to have an amel animal, if one of those chromosomes is not for amel and say for example normal, even though the snake has a amel gene, it's still normal looking, but this particular animal is HET for amel. You can also say this animal is het for normal, but that's obvious once you state that it's het for amel.
I tried to explain as simply as I could, I hope that helps.
:I just discovered the wonderful world of Corn Snakes and I'm trying to learn as much about them as I can. I think they're beautiful!
:I've seen the term "het" used alot, and was wondering what exactly that means.
:Thanks in advance!