21) D

We first need to figure out whether the freckles are caused by a recessive allele (let us say ‘f’) or a dominant allele (let us say ‘F’).

Let us start with individuals 5 and 6. Assuming that the condition is caused by recessive allele, then both 5 and 6 __must__ be ff. If they are both ff, then their offsprings must also be ff since there is 100% chance of being ff.

f f

f ff ff

f ff ff

Since their offsprings 7 and 8 do not have the freckles, this means that freckles must be caused by a dominant allele.

This means that since freckles can only be caused by the presence of a dominant allele, individuals 2, 4, 7 and 8 who do not have freckles must be homozygous recessive (i.e. ff).

Let us now look at individuals 1 and 2.

Since 1 has freckles, he can either be FF or Ff. If 1 is FF and 2 is ff, then there is a 100% chance of their offsprings having freckles.

F F

f Ff Ff

f Ff Ff

However, one of their offsprings, 4 does not have freckles. So 1 __must__ be heterozygous.

Since 1 is heterozygous and 2 is homozygous recessive,

F f

f Ff ff

f Ff ff

There is a 50% chance (0.5) that a child produced by 1 and 2 will have freckles.

We know now that any offspring of 1 and 2 who has freckles can only be heterozygous (Ff). So 5 must definitely be heterozygous. 6 cannot be FF, as this means that all of their offsprings would have freckles. Therefore, 6 must be heterozygous as well.

F f

F Ff Ff

f Ff ff

There is a 75% chance (0.75) that a child produced by 5 and 6 will have freckles.

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