Mendel's Pattern of Inheritance Essay

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Mendel’s Patterns of Inheritance Mendel’s Pattern of Inheritance Mendel’s approaches to answering scientific questions were different from his contemporaries in several ways. The first was Mendel’s choice of organism. He chose the pea plant. He also could control which parents were involved in mating. Mendel could also arrange matting’s between individuals that had recognizable different traits. Some of these differences were flower color and seed shape. Mendel was also different because he used mathematical analysis in his research. He was not the first scientist that was interested in studying the basics of heredity, but his research methods made him more successful than his contemporaries. Mendel’s novel approach contributed to his success in describing how traits are inherited in many ways. He noticed a pattern in plants, where certain traits would be passed on to offspring. When cross-bred with the same species of plant with a different trait, he noticed that either one or the other trait would physically manifest, or sometimes you would get a combination of both traits. By breeding certain generations of plants with other plants with certain desired characteristics, predictable traits would be produced in the offspring. This rationalization made Mendel understand that the offspring gets their traits and information from both parents. As Mendel continued to experiment with different generations and characteristics, he found sometimes one parent's traits would dominate and physically manifest and sometimes the other's traits would dominate. Other times the traits would combine. He found that certain traits always dominated. This led to the general discovery of phenotypes based on genotypes. The advantages that Mendel enjoyed by choosing to the study the garden pea were that the plants grew very fast; they had a short life

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