[evol-psych] Long road to inheritance
- BBC NEWS
Wednesday, 1 December, 1999, 20:26 GMT
Long road to inheritance
The science of modern genetics can be traced back to the Moravian monk Gregor
Mendel in the 1860s.
His experiments on peas pioneered the study of inheritance. He cultivated
nearly 30,000 plants, carefully analysing seed and plant characteristics.
By following certain traits through the generations, he realised that some
traits appeared to be dominant while others would be recessive and fail to show
when certain pea plants where crossed.
Mendel's work was extraordinary but it was many decades before his research
received the recognition it deserved.