The first hand : Mendel in Wonderland

07 Nov

In wonderland, much depends upon the suit and rank of a card. In the time of Alice, the Hearts held power, but since then, the Queen of Hearts has been imprisoned and the Kind of Spades now rules the land.

Families now strive to have children of high suits in order to give them the best chance at a good life.

Suit values are as follows:

Clubs < Diamonds < Hearts < Spades


Conveniently, the inheritance of the suits follows the same order. That is Spades are dominant over all suits, Hearts are dominant over Diamonds and Clubs, and Diamonds are dominant over Clubs.

SC < SD < SH < SS

Two cards come into your clinic to get genetic counseling. They want to know what chance they have of having a Hearts or Spades baby.

Mom is the Three of Hearts

Dad is the Five of Diamonds

They already have three children: a Two of Hearts, a Seven of Clubs, and a Jack of Clubs.


From the information provided above, what do you know?

Is it possible that they can have a Hearts Baby?


Posted by on November 7, 2014 in Uncategorized


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2 responses to “The first hand : Mendel in Wonderland

  1. ratabago

    November 7, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    If I have to live in a monarchy[1], may it be one where the ruler is known as “The Kind”.:)

    From a purely genetics viewpoint, this is a lovely way to explore these concepts. You had me drawing punnet squares in my head, and filling them with card suites. I think that the society these cards live in is pretty unhealthy though. All those poor club babies doomed to a miserable life from birth.

    [1] Technically, Australia is a monarchy. But most of us ignore that, except for ceremonial occasions, and partying opportunities.

  2. heatherhellfire

    November 7, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    50% heart,25% diamond,25% club? since they Have two club children and everything trumps club,wouldn’t both parents have to have the recessive club gene making mom Hc and Dad Dc? or did I miss something?


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