Gregor Mendel, The Father of Genetics
Although his work was not recognized until after the turn of the 20th century, Gregor Mendel’s posthumous fame continues to be recognized. Gregor Mendel is known as the Father of Genetics for his discovery of the new science of genetics in the mid 1800s, while studying the different inheritance of traits found in pea plants. Mendel planted the seeds for the science of genetics by laying out how physical traits are passed from one generation to the next.
After 8 years of growing numerous generations of pea plants (about 28,000 in total), Mendel concluded that all plants and animals have certain elements that are the transmitters of physical traits from parents to offspring. So what did Mendel discover? Genes, the elements that genetic scientists heavily rely on today.
Today Google pays tribute to the Father of Genetics on his 189th birthday, with a Google Doodle illustrating pea plants with genetic markers. Where would we be without Gregor Mendel and his discovery of genes, the all-important strands part of our DNA makeup!
Happy Birthday, Gregor!
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