Mendel on Patterns of Inheritance How did Mendel’s approach to answering scientific questions differ from that of his contemporaries? Gregor Mendel’s approach to answering scientific questions differed from those of his contemporaries in the fact that his experiments were different. Mendel tried to follow the conduction of precise genes instead of specific phenotypes. The majority of researchers for the period of this time was more focused on the transmission of traits, and used pangenes as the basis of inheritance.How did his novel approach contribute to his success in describing how traits are inherited? Mendel took notice that plants with a certain pattern of traits would create progeny with thus similar traits. When the same types of plants are cross-bred with a different trait, Mendel took notice that one or the other traits would be clearly physical or often an amalgamation with both traits. Thus these experiments with the plants led him to realize that the progeny does indeed get qualities and traits from both parents. Occasionally one parent's traits
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