The baby might be a hybrid like it's father and a witch/warlock because klau's mother was a witch
It's hereditary which basically makes it a gene too. I'm not sure how scientific TVD actually want to be in essence, magic aside, both vampirism and werewolf curse seem to change your DNA so this would qualify as a gene too, the difference being that vampires can't procreate so they can't pass their DNA along.
Katherine mentioned something about werewolf gene when she and Stefan was talking about the Lockwoods in season 2 episode 4, Memory Lane.
Not everything that is hereditary is a gene, and many genetic characteristics are defined by several genes. As an example, something relatively simple as eye color in humans are defined by 6 gene pairs - that is what generates the variety of eye colors that we know and love - honey, hazelnut, blue, green, brown, black and all the combinations in between.
Something as complex as a werewolf transformation cannot possibly be determined by ONE gene. Even if it was, each gene can be dominant or recessive, so there are 3 possible combinations for each gene, producing at least 3 potential different fenotypes (AA, Aa, aa).
If lycantropism was a gene, there would be potentially 3 different expressions - Werewolf, half-werewolf , not werewolf. The magic folk from Harry Potter seems to follow this rule more closely, as you have magic folk, muggles (non-magic) and squibs (children of magic folk with limited or no magic at all - but even that is fickle)
But it seems that all descentants of werewolves are potentially werewolves.
Werewolf in TDV universe is a family curse. Somebody and all their descentands were cursed, for some reason I hope we learn someday. Generational curses are mentioned even in the Bible
One is born with their DNA. You inherit one of each DNA pairs from your father and your mother. A copy of them is in every single of your cells - but in each cell only the genes necessary for that cell's form and fuction are active. All the other are dormant.
Although it is theoretically possible to change the DNA somebody was born with, it has not been achieved so far, and poses considerable challenge.
Scientists are trying to engineer nanobots that act as virus that would deliver the new code to all the cells of a certain organ. That would be useful, for example, to teach pancreas cells in diabetic people to produce insulin - but we are FAR AWAY from these.
I don't believe that either Vampirism or Licantropism in TVD is genetic - even if characters mentioned that it is. I have seen absolutely no evidence of this.
With vampires it's the blood that makes them different, with werewolves what if not genes? Of course they haven't gone into it so it can be anything but I doubt it's the blood because that would be too close to vampires so I'm leaning towards genes until they say anything else on this matter. Case of point:
Katherine mentions in that episode I wrote about earlier that all the Lockwoods all carry the werewolf gene but not all are werewolves because some become dormant or something of the like. We know that George Lockwood was a werewolf so we have to assume either of his parents had the gene but if they werewolves or not we can't say.
You also have to kill someone to trigger it which I think every since the 1900 or so there are far more people with the gene lying dormant, rather than actual werewolves.
In the end though the creators can defend their earlier mistakes with whatever magic ho-ho they can whip up so I doubt any of this necessary.
Well Klaus is geneticly a witch and a werewolf so that means the baby will be part of both species. However Klaus' vampire side could be passed along, and if it is the baby won't be part vampire it will be part dhampir, because vampire means being dead and dhampirs are alive. However Hayley is a member of a subspecies of werewolf (posibly the original pack), so the result of this the baby would be two types of werewolf, part witch and could have a vampiric side. But I think the baby could just be the 2 types werewolf and part witch, but could be turned someday by Klaus.
While his mother was a witch I don't think you can assume Klaus was one before she turned him into a vampire. Not that we have any proof that he wouldn't as the Bennet life for example have passed down linearly, but then there has always been an obvious set up who was going to be a witch (like Grams then Abbie then Bonnie).
For me this is one more argument for it being a curse and not "genes".
Do you know of any "gene" that is activated by an action???
You are either born with blue eyes or with brown eyes. Killing somebody does not change the color of your eyes. If one's skin is very white and spends too much time in the sun, one ends up pink and with skin cancer - but not brown - and painting a house does not change this.
However if it is a curse, if it is magic, anything is possible!
Tia Serena@Okay, let me rephrase it. It's a curse that is bound by a gene. You kill the link, you kill the curse.
I just think that the baby will be like every other werewolf, seeing as it was Klaus's werewolf side that conceived the baby, and Hayley is obviously a werewolf. It will just carry the gene
What do you think?