Mendel

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  • Mendel grew up on a farm. His family was poor, so paying for better school was hard, but he still wanted to learn. He always loved nature and wanted to grow up to study it.
  • Mendel became a friar so that he could keep learning. He was awarded for his wonderful work by being allowed to go and study more about where we get our traits from.
  • Mendel was curious as to where traits come from. He had no idea about DNA or anything of the sort due to the time period he was in. He decided to create hybrids of pea plants so that he can figure out a pattern and find out how we get our traits.
  • He prepared for this experiment for two years by growing pea plants and making sure that all of the plants were pure breeds. He wanted to know this so that he experiment would be exact and he might find a new universal law.
  • After his preparation, he started his experiment. He hand fertilized each plant with the other plant in order to create hybrids. He repeated this process four times and then found a pattern. Each plant only looked like one of the parents, until the fourth time. Then there was a mix of colors and textures in the plants, which led to knowledge about traits.
  • Mendel took the pattern and created the idea of dominant and recessive alleles. Because of that, he is known as the Father of Genetics. However, he received no glory for his work during his life. His was rejected because people then could not see the connection between pea plant traits and human traits., but we know  now because of him.
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