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Lab1_Mendel - Mendel and the Gene Experiments in Plant...

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1 Mendel and the Gene “Experiments in Plant Hybridization” Gregor Mendel 1866 What Questions Was Mendel Trying to Answer? addressing the basic question of why offspring resemble their parents and how transmission of traits occurs. • Menelian genetics • A trait is any characteristic of an individual. Heredity is the transmission of traits from parents to their offspring. What Traits Did Mendel Study? • Mendel chose seven easily recognizable traits: seed shape, seed color, pod shape, pod color, flower color, flower and pod position, and stem length. • Each trait had two forms, or phenotypes .
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