Gregor Mendel's Alleles: Garden Pea Plants

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Gregor Mendel was born in 1822. He was an Augustinian monk and is known as the father of genetics, who carried out numerous crosses in the mid 1800s. He worked mainly on garden pea plants where his works led into two laws. Mendel’s law of segregation, also his first law states that,
• Inherited characteristics are controlled by pairs of factors now known as alleles
• These factors segregate at gamete formation so that only one factor is carried in each gamete.
Mendel predicted that alleles which are different forms of the same gene occurred in pairs which meant cells were diploid and some process now known to be meiosis resulted in the number of alleles being halved. When two flowers of different colours, are crossed they produce one colour
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