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An individual with an unmatched pair of genes is heterozygous for that gene. For example, you might have a gene for blue eyes on one chromosome and a gene for brown eyes on the other. Genes are dominant, recessive, or intermediate. A dominant gene shows a strong effect in either the homozygous or heterozygous condition. A recessive gene shows its effects only in the homozygous condition. For example, a gene for brown eyes is dominant and a gene for blue eyes is recessive. If you have one gene for brown eyes and one for blue, the result is brown eyes.

Could a gene for altruism spread, and if so, how? How common is altruism? It certainly occurs in humans (sometimes): We contribute to charities. We try to help people in distress. A student may explain something to a classmate who is competing for a good grade in a course. Some people donate a kidney to save the life of someone they didn’t even know (MacFarquhar, 2009). Among nonhumans, altruism is harder to find. Cooperation occurs, certainly. A pack of animals may hunt together or forage together.

Did we evolve a tendency to grow old and die in order to get out of the way and stop competing with our children and grandchildren? ” That is, so far as we can tell from limited samples, they are no more likely to die when they are 100 years old than when they are 50 or 20. One rockfish is known to have lived more than 200 years (Finch, 2009). Again, the idea is that old-age deterioration might be an evolved mechanism, and its presence or absence could be under genetic control. To further illustrate evolutionary psychology, let’s consider the theoretically interesting example of altruistic behavior, an action that benefits someone other than the actor.

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