Heredity and Mendel’s Three Principles

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Who would have thought that an Austrian monk would become the “father of modern genetics?” Gregor Mendel was a monk and a master gardener who found inspiration in his pea plants. In the end, he discovered that traits in those plants followed specific patterns. From there, he nurtured three theories that laid the foundation for the study of genetics and heredity.

If you’ve ever wondered why you have your dad’s curly hair and your mom’s blue eyes, you could thank Gregor Mendel for modern science’s explanation. He discovered why certain traits get passed down every generation while others skip. His findings made it possible for scientists to better understand how humans inherit characteristics and traits.