Intro to Genetics: Historical Perspective


"Genetics" was first sorted out in mid-19TH century Europe

            They knew some things about how traits are inherited:

                        Parent-offspring resemblance



                        siblings similar, but not identical


            They thought some things were more about genetics than they are:

                        Regeneration of lost body parts


            They thought they knew some things that turned out to be untrue:


                        Inheritance of acquired characteristics

                        Blending inheritance


Gregor Mendel sorted out how traits are inherited

            Augustinian monk in the Czech Republic

            Bred peas in greenhouse in monastery

            Collected different pure-breeding varieties to investigate hybrids