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Gregor Mendel: And the Roots of Genetics

by Edward Edelson

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Mendel was abbot of the Augustinian monastery in Brno. His discoveries later became the cornerstone of heredity science. As a book about genetics, there are references to human reproduction.
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When Gregor Mendel passed away in 1884, not a single scholar recognized his epochal contributions to biology. The unassuming abbot of the Augustinian monastery in Brno (in today's Czech Republic) was rediscovered at the turn of the century when scientists were stunned to learn that their findings about inheritance had already been made by an unknown monk three decades earlier. A dedicated researcher who spent every spare hour in the study of the natural sciences, Mendel devised a series of brilliantly simple experiments using a plant easily grown on the monastery's grounds--the garden pea. In the course of just a few years he made the famous discoveries that later became the centerpiece of the science of heredity. In an entertaining and thoroughly informed narrative, Edward Edelson traces Mendel's life from his humble origins to his posthumous fame, giving us both a brief introduction to the fascinating science of genetics and an inspired account of what a modest man can accomplish with dedication and ingenuity.

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Explores the life of Gregor Mendel, an Austrian monk whose experiments with pea plants became a foundation for modern genetics.

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