Gregor Mendel and Modern Genetics

Guests: Robin Marantz Henig Author, The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics (Houghton Mifflin, 2000) New York, New York James Crow Emeritus Professor, Genetics University of Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin Donald Duvick Affiliate Professor, Plant Breeding Iowa State University Senior Vice President for Research (retired) Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. Johnston, Iowa This summer, scientists announced the complete sequence of the human genome—inherited assembly instructions for a human being. Modern thinking about heredity has its roots in the work of a nineteenth-century scientist-monk whose experiments with pea plants uncovered the rules of inheritance. In this hour, we'll be talking about Gregor Mendel and his contribution to modern genetics.

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