In honor of Daniel Radcliffe’s 24th birthday, here’s an interesting look at wizard genetics.
If the wizarding gene is dominant, as J.K. Rowling says, how can a wizard be born to muggle parents? And how can there be squibs?
It seems these baffling genetic questions have finally been answered, thanks to Andrea Klenotiz, a biology student at the University of Delaware.
In a six-page paper, which she sent to Rowling, Klenotiz outlines how the wizarding gene works and even explains why some witches and wizards are more powerful than others.
"Magical ability could be explained by a single autosomal dominant gene if it is caused by an expansion of trinucleotide repeats with non-Mendelian ratios of inheritance," Klenotiz explains.
What does this mean? Read more to find out.