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Who Is Gregor Mendel?

Gregor Mendel, whose real name is Johan Gregor Mendel was an Austrian scientist-priest who is known for his work in genetics. In fact, he is known as the father of genetics, though he was not the one who coined the term genetics, but his greatest rival named Willian Bateson. Early accounts for Mendel’s life tell about his childhood being the only child of a peasant family. He grew up working as gardener and eventually entere priesthood in the Augustinian Abbey of St. Thomas. As a priest, he was exposed to education and research. He was sent overseas to study and he found it interesting the subject of genetic variation and hybridization despite the fact that Gregor Mendel is a physicist himself.

Mendel was the proponent of the well-founded laws of inheritance. His law of inheritance was based on his experiments using peas. He combined different breeds of peas which resulted to the discovery of inheritance. Inheritance means that the dominant and recessive genes of the parents are passed on to their children. Children have different characteristics depending on the genes that they have inherited from their parents. When Mendel published his work, it was met with criticism and even skepticism. It was largely ignored. He eventually abandoned his quest in science and mathematics and took on a major role in the abbacy. He died without even knowing that his work has become so influential in several years preceding his death, and has been the basis for all the genetic pursuits in the succeeding centuries.

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