Who discovered genetics?

From Prof. Giles Yeo’s Garden Talk “Is our future really written in our genes?
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One of the most significant figures in the history of genetics is Gregor Mendel, an Augustinian monk and scientist who is considered the father of modern genetics.

In the mid-19th century, Mendel conducted experiments with pea plants and discovered the basic principles of heredity, including the fact that traits are inherited in a predictable way and that they are determined by genes. Through studying these pea plants, he also developed an understanding of dominant and recessive genes.

Other key figures in the history of genetics include Thomas Hunt Morgan, who discovered the role of chromosomes in heredity; James Watson and Francis Crick, who discovered the structure of DNA; and Rosalind Franklin, whose work contributed to the understanding of the structure of DNA.

Learn more about this with our series “Getting Into Your Genes”

DNA is the code of life. And it’s the DNA in your genes that determines the traits that make you who and what you are.  Our genes are unique but with so many scientific advancements, what have we learnt about ourselves from our genes?

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