Mendel on Patterns of Inheritance

Mendel on Patterns of Inheritance - mating process and...

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D’Juan McPherson The fact that his experiments were different is what made Mendel’s approach to answering scientific questions differed from those of his contemporaries. He sought out to study specific traits in individuals; in fact he was the first to recognize that traits in individuals are controlled by hereditary units which he named “factors.” He chose to focus on only a few traits rather than many traits the way others did. Mandel’s novel approach contributed to his success by describing how traits are inherited by being the first to describe factors through generations. The three reasons for Mendel’s success, he focused on a few traits, seven to be exact instead of many traits as others did, and he thoroughly documented and quantified all of his experimental results, and studied these traits in the garden pea. The advantages that Mandel enjoyed by choosing to study the garden pea are that he used mathematical analysis in his studies, another advantage is that Mendel could control which parents to be involved in the
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Unformatted text preview: mating process, and lastly he could arrange pairings between individuals that differed from each other in recognizable traits such as different flower colors or the shape of the seed. Mendel concluded six major principles during his works. One principle describes how alleles make a gene separate from others during the formation of sex cells known as segregation. Another principle describes how Mendel discovered that in every pair of allels, one is dominant over the other. An example of this is if a gene contains an allele for Yellow being (Y) and an allele for a not Yellow color (n), the flower would produce in Yellow. This is due to the Y being dominant over n. A third principle concluded by Mendel pertains to how a gene is capable of determining a plant’s petal color, size and length, and shapes. This was considered in his law of assortment....
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