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Gregor Mendel
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Rules of Heredity
(1850s) Austrian monk and botanist Gregor Mendel discovered how genetic information is passed down through generations. In experiments performed on pea plants, he noticed that characteristics of a plant's offspring, such as height, exhibit recessive and dominant behavior. Mendel's findings are ridiculed during his lifetime and he dies never knowing that he would come to be known as the "father of genetics."






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