Deciphering Heredity

Py-Lieberman, Beth
January 2012
Smithsonian;Jan2012, Vol. 42 Issue 9, p45
The article discusses pea plant breeding experiments conducted by friar Gregor Mendel at the Augustinian Abbey of St. Thomas in Brno in the modern day Czech Republic from 1856 to 1863. It reflects on the importance of the experiments to the history of genetics and evolutionary biology. The author comments on Mendel's study of separate plant traits, reflecting on the first law of inheritance, also known as the law of segregation, and the law of independent assortment. Modern travel to the site of the experiments is also discussed.


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