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Dolly the Sheep, gene therapy, and GM foods all began their life thanks to a neurotic monk, Gregor Mendel, who uncovered the science of genetics by growing thousands of peas in his greenhouse. Science documentary series in which actor, comedian and science fanatic Ken Campbell recreates historical experiments. Gregor Johann Mendel (July 20, 1822[1] – January 6, 1884) was an Augustinian priest and scientist, who gained posthumous fame as the figurehead of the new science of genetics for his study of the inheritance of certain traits in pea plants. Mendel showed that the inheritance of these traits follows particular laws, which were later named after him. The significance of Mendel's work was not recognized until the turn of the 20th century. The independent rediscovery of these laws formed the foundation of the modern science of genetics.

Mendel was born into an ethnic German family in Heinzendorf bei Odrau, Austrian Silesia, Austrian Empire (now Czech Republic), and was baptized t... (read more)


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