Unformatted text preview: Concept 14.1 Mendel used the scientific approach to identify two laws of inheritance. Mendel discovered the basic principles of heredity by breeding garden peas in carefully planned experiments, carried out several decades before chromosomes were observed under the microscope. Mendel’s Experimental, Quantitative Approach Mendel grew up on a small farm in what is today the Czech Republic. In 1843, Mendel entered an Augustinian monastery. Mendel studied at the University of Vienna from 1851 to 1853, where he was influenced by a physicist who encouraged experimentation and the application of mathematics to science and by a botanist who stimulated Mendel’s interest in the causes of variation in plants. o These influences came together in Mendel’s experiments. After university, Mendel taught school and lived in the local monastery, where the monks had a long tradition of...
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