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Genetics For Dummies

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Gene -> Gene Sets -> Genomes


A gene is a basic physical unit of heredity. A gene in ATITD is named as a color. A correlaton might be in human DNA where there are 4 bases, adenine, cytosine, guanine, thymine. Each gene color is abbreviated to one letter for ease of use but DO NOT get color genes confused with gene sets that make colors in flowers. Example: Yellow or Y

Gene Sets

A gene set is one or more genes in a specific sequence that controls a plant's physical characteristics. Example: Green Orange Orange Orange or GOOO which colors an outer petal of a lily one shade of magenta

Gene sets can overlap in a genome. Example: A Sea Lily genome might have these genes ROYGYOR which will have active gene sets of ROYG (giant gene set) and GYOR (dwarf gene set). The overlap is on the G.

Gene sets in Orchids and Sand Blooms might contain spacer genes that do nothing at all except isolate gene sets from the overlap like shown above. Example: In a Sand Bloom genome you might have YGYUY. YGYUY would have active gene sets (from overlaps) of: YG yellow right outer petal) GY (yellow left outer petal) YU (yellow lower inner petal) UY (yellow upper inner petal) where G and Y U are all involved in overlaps.

Now if you add a couple of 'C' spacer genes to that Sand Bloom genome like only have active gene sets of: YG (yellow right outer petal) UY (yellow upper inner petal) where the two C genes do nothing and the middle Y gene is now useless because it cannot complete any gene set.


One or more genes or gene sets form a linear sequence we will call a genome. Example: Vampire Sea Lily genome KIYIYIOIYIOIOK

Genes and their abbreviations:

Gene Color Abbreviation Used In Not Used In
Black K All Plants  
Red R All plants  
Orange O All plants  
Yellow Y All plants  
Green G All plants  
Blue U Orchids, Rose of Ra, Sand Blooms, Sea Lilies Flax, Grape Vines, Wheat
Indigo I Orchids, Rose of Ra, Sand Blooms, Sea Lilies Flax, Grape Vines, Wheat
Violet V Sea Lilies Flax, Grape Vines, Orchids, Rose of Ra, Sand Blooms, Wheat

Note: Ending/beginning 'Black' or 'K' genome delimiter is not technically counted as part of the functioning genome. Think of it more like parenthesis around the genome. Example: Vampire Sea Lily (IYIYIOIYIOIO) = KIUIUIOIUIOIOK

The picture below gives an example of using a Crystal Solvent on the Frivolity vine. A Crystal Solvent yields a six gene string when used on plants to see parts of their genomes. See below for a link on solvents.


What is possible with atitd genetics? There are 125 possible color choices for flowers. Below are 60 of those choices ranging from the color white which is 0 Cyan shades 0 Magenta shades 0 Yellow shades to combining two of the primary colors up to shade 4 each.

Field of Color 1 T4.jpg

And another 'little' example. Size does matter! A giantx15 Sea Lily, a giantx9 Rose of Ra and Sand Bloom peeking out of the camel pen.


Reading Sequence Links for Playing with Plant Genomes

Please use these links in listed order. Understanding genetics builds on a graduated set of learning blocks.

  1. Whole plant genomes. See Genomes to see a list of all the plant genomes. Use this for a brief look at genomes, but this link will again be listed later as you learn more. Do not look too long at this page to avoid brain melt. Reference the Flower Fertilization Chart to get going on multiplying your flowers for future breeding and mutagenic manipulation!
  2. Crossbreeding to observe that two plants can make child plants and the mixed genes of two parents produce different characteristics. See Cross Breeding and Hints will guide you into learning how to crossbreed and tips for better Cross Breeding.
  3. What to use to Cross Breed. See Nut's Essence to understand how to produce this substance for playing with genes and genomes.
  4. How do gene sets work in flowers and plants? See Flower Genome Theories and Flax Genome Theory and Vine Genome Theory to understand what individual gene sets control in the individual plant's physical characteristics. See Sea Lily Color Chart to see how the primary colors change as they are combined.
  5. Genomes, let's take another look at them and print it out for referencing while using the next links. See Genomes.
  6. How can you look at gene strings in flowers and plants? We use Solvents. See Solvent Making to see how to make this substance and use it.
  7. How can we learn to make better choices in Cross Breeding to make what we want? See Advanced Crossbreeding to learn how to choose parent flowers and plants, know your chances for success and all the different child plants for specific crosses. See Sea Lily Color Chart to figure out what color gene sets are included in your genomes.
  8. What are mutagens, how do you discover them and why do you use them? See Mutagens Explained to understand the mechanics of mutagens. Then check out Mutagen Research and Recipes for a useable chart with recipes to make currently known mutagens. And if you want to be even more active, get going on Discovering Mutagens. If nothing else you need to help those discovering mutagens by gathering mushrooms and moss. So go to Moss Creation to know how to grow new mosses.