Darwinism Recitation Paper Week 10

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Andra Stanley Tuesday, March 28 th 2006 HPS 0437 Recitation Tuesday, 3:00-3:50 (Sytsma) Rec. Paper #10 Olby (1997) “Mendel, Mendelism, and Genetics” http://www.mendelweb.org/MWolby.intro.html Gregor Mendel is considered, by some, to be the originator of genetics (though no one knew it during his time). But when first brought to the forefront of in the scientific community, his work was treated with disdain by most biologists - embryologists saw Mendelism as a threat, systematists considered it an irrelevance, and Darwinians failed to realize how it could be brought into harmony with their view of evolution. But R.A. Fisher, J.B.S. Haldane and Sewall Wright, later merged Mendelism and Darwinism together to create what is known as the 'evolutionary synthesis.’ J. D. Watson and F.H.C. Crick were the firs to discover the structure for DNA, and also suggested how it might replicate, mutate, and be expressed. Mendel used the experimental approach to hybridization, cross-breeding. The forms
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