The Nuts and Bolts of Genetics

Hunter, William
February 2005
Destined Body: How Genetics & Environment Shape Us;2005, p24
This article discusses the scientific basis and brief history of genetics. In the nineteenth century, an Austrian monk by the name of Gregor Mendel went to work exploring the passing of character traits from generation to generation, and the field of genetics was born. Mendel spent most of his early years teaching mathematics, physics, and Greek at his monastery and dabbling in basic genetics experiments. Several small discoveries led to the development of a much larger experiment in which Mendel studied how character traits in plants pass from one generation to the next. INSET: The Human Genome Project: Unlocking the DNA Mystery....


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