Who Is Gregor Mendel?

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Gregor Mendel is often referred to as the father of modern genetics, and he is most famous for his studies of pea plants and their series of inheritance. Discover how Mendel used meticulous methods to perform his experiments with help from a science teacher and field biologist in this free video on modern genetics.

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Hi, I'm Brian with ericksontutoring.blogspot.com. Today we're going to discuss who Gregor Mendel actually is. Mendel is often referred to as the father of modern genetics. He's most famous for his studies of pea plants and their, the series of inheritance. Mendel was an Augustinian monk and he just liked to study things. He asked questions a lot. And he actually was a really really good scientist, very meticulous. He, through the study of over twenty nine thousand pea plants, he figured out that inheritance basically follows a few different laws. He came up with two laws. The law of segregation and the law of independent assortment. Sort of the story behind Gregor Mendel though is pretty interesting and a pretty good note. So he did his work, he lived between eighteen twenty two and eighteen eighty two. He did all of his work before eighteen sixty eight. And really his work, when he first published it, wasn't recognized. Charles Darwin actually had a separate theory out there about how traits are inherited, called pangenesis and that turned out to be wrong. But Mendel's work was overshadowed until almost, until the turn of the twentieth century maybe thirty four years after he originally published his work. Later on scientists started to realize that he actually was on to something. He definitely had the right idea and since then study after study has confirmed that Mendel's ideas on segregation and assortment are exactly the way that things tend to play out. So this was a brief discussion of Gregor Mendel.

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