Unformatted text preview: Mendel’s preliminary experiments. Without Mendel, the theory of evolution could not be supported by evidence of a heritable factor. Variations within a population that drive evolution could not be explained without an understanding of alleles and segregation factors determined by Mendel. *Science, Technology and Society Today, we have many tools for genetic testing. Amniocentesis uses amniotic fluid sampling to determine whether or not the fetus has a genetic disorder, like Tay-Sachs disease. Other genetic screening tests can be used to diagnose a genetic disease before it becomes a health problem. Without the initial pea plant experiments performed by Mendel, these genetic disorders could not be explained, treated or prevented appropriately....
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This note was uploaded on 10/30/2009 for the course SI 0126 taught by Professor Gourney during the Spring '09 term at École Normale Supérieure.
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