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The Inheritance of Bending by TropiconStudios The Inheritance of Bending by TropiconStudios
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WhiteLionProductionz Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
just yes
swesleyandloki Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
I think you could also explain this without the positive and negative qualities of the alleles. For instance, what if all benders are necessarily heterozygotes (Bb)? This would allow combinations of benders, nonbenders, and a bender and a nonbender all to produce bending offspring. Additionally, this could explain why offspring of parents who bent different elements could match either parent's element because the bending allele with its associated element would be inherited only from one parent of the bending child. What do you think?
chocolaterules333 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Haha This must of taken alot of thought. I doubt the creators really cared about genetics though, they probably just were like this character should have this bending ability. And as you said, genetics are not so cut and dry as the Mendel you learn in biology 1. It can get really complicated. But I like to believe that, as bending is a fictional ability, it is at least basically free from the rules of genetics. Two nonbenders from the earth kingdom can't give birth to an airbender but they could have an earthbender, genes or not, if the creators want.
kokoka Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
One question: in order to pass on the art of one specific bending style (Air), would an airbender have to marry a carrier of the bending gene?
Slaytr Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
An airbender would have to marry a non-bender that is not a carrier to have off spring that are 100% carriers of the bending gene, meaning they will be unable to bend but their offspring will be benders, if two carriers marry.

If an airbender married a carrier, then you would have 50% chance to be a bender and 50% chance to be a carrier.
TropiconStudios Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
pretty much. At least according to classical Mendelian genetics. This is all speculation as we are not actually given a mechanic as to how this is really done, so it's left to our imagination.
MillitaryBaker Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
My only question is if bending can skip generations, somewhat like hair color for us.
Slaytr Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
In theory, yes,
Twinsmanns Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
now you can see that is makes sense to lern mendel in biologie xD
GustyValley Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...Wow. This is amazing!~: D
Spodokamodo Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
You said "Butt" instead of "but" at the beginning, but other than that it was well done and interesting.

I have a question though, how did you determine which elements were in that order for the cycle? I understand that you used the avatar cycle but how are you sure that it is in that direction?

Overall though, very good presentation and I liked the use of Wan Shi Tong and his "Foxy servants"
TropiconStudios Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Wow I noticed Butt, then though, eh too lazy.

The bending cycle actually took a bit of time to think about. I was wondering first how the Elemental Rock, Paper, Scissors game worked. The only clue that I actually had was the time Sokka and Aang played it in Ba Sing Se, where Earth beat Fire. From there I assumed that this was how the elements played out.
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