Experimenting with the plant, Arabidopsis, Robert Pruitt and Susanne Lolle found indications where "each parent plant which had two copies of a mutant gene could produce progeny that didn't show the parents' deformity, but rather were normal like the grandparents." Simply put, these plants exhibited the ability to circumvent giving the flawed genes to their offspring, going against the standard outlined in Mendel's law
. Details of the experiments appear in the journal Nature.
His testimony consisted of a long discourse on the nature of feeblemindedness and the operation of Mendel's Law
and the mechanism of heredity.
Trefil: "Molecules of life," "Proteins," "Mendel's Laws
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Eugenicists thought of people as if they were plants and were confident Mendel's laws
could be applied to breed "better" human beings.
Furthermore, Focke considered Mendel's work with Phaseolus and Hieracium in greater detail than his work on that genus which underpinned the subsequent formulation of Mendel's Laws
Major advances in plant breeding followed the rediscovery of Mendel's laws
. Breeders brought their new understanding of genetics to the traditional techniques of self-pollinating and cross-pollinating plants.
of segregation and the law of independent assortment of characters are now recognized as the fundamental principles of heredity.
Despite their clarity and importance, Mendel's laws
of inheritance went unnoticed until 1900, when their rediscovery catalyzed formation of the new science of genetics.
The rediscovery of Mendel's laws
was a major event in the development of the biological sciences.