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Mendel

Post by rebble91 » Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:16 am

why Mendel proposed the idea of separately inherited factors that
we now call genes;
why the importance of Mendels discovery was not recognised
until after his death.

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Post by Tae Jun, Yoon » Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:38 am

:?: why Mendel proposed the idea of separately inherited factors that
we now call genes;

:!: Sorry, it is too simple.
Mandel proposed the idea because the ratio of beans implied the idea of separately inherited factors. he classified the characteristics of beans and recognized that there is a certain ratio. So he knew that the ratio can be explained by the idea. This was very revolutionary because he related biology with math. As far as i know, this was the first attempt to relate them.

:?: why the importance of Mendels discovery was not recognised
until after his death.

:!: Because Mandel was not a professional biologist but you know, he was a monk. And he was the first one who related math with biology, most of biologists had an antipathy with his theory. Mandel sent a letter about his theory to Darwin, but this letter was discovered in one of the books Darwin had : He probably didn't read it!
Anyway, because of his obscurity, his theory was ignored : I think it is a tragedy.
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