Gregor Mendel: Genetics Pioneer

Gregor Mendel: Genetics Pioneer

by Lynn Van Gorp
     
 

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Gregor Johann Mendel is known as the father of modern genetics. He used cross-breeding to develop different kinds of peas. This allowed him to make predictions about the outcomes. These are now called Mendel's Laws of Heredity. They explain how traits are passed from generation to generation. Mendel also discovered dominant and recessive genes.

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Gregor Johann Mendel is known as the father of modern genetics. He used cross-breeding to develop different kinds of peas. This allowed him to make predictions about the outcomes. These are now called Mendel's Laws of Heredity. They explain how traits are passed from generation to generation. Mendel also discovered dominant and recessive genes.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
The "Mission: Science" series covers core science topics as well as individual and collective biographies of scientists. For extra depth, volumes of each can be paired. Colorful pages contain illustrations, text in various fonts, and sidebars or "Did You Know?" balloons. In this volume, readers will meet Gregor Mendel (1822—1884), who didn't start out to be a scientist. The son of a poor Austrian family, Mendel had to take what education was available: beginning as a gardener, he studied at a monastery and later, for a short time, in Vienna. (Kids may find it interesting that young Mendel, though very bright, had severe test anxiety.) Back at the monastery, Gregor devoted himself to studying how seven characteristics of pea plants are passed down through many generations (shown with a chart). Keeping painstakingly careful records, Mendel was able to identify dominant and recessive traits; eventually, he published his results. Sadly, little attention was paid to his work until well after his death, when Mendel was finally recognized as contributing to the understanding of genes in heredity. Young scientists will probably enjoy the pages on inherited human traits like eye color, freckles, hair characteristics, and tongue-rolling. Finally, the text introduces later geneticists Hugo de Vries and Barbara McClintock, who built on Mendel's work. Included are a glossary, a short bibliography, a timeline of genetics, and a list of other scientists who have worked with genes and chromosomes. Content has been contributed by Sally Ride Science. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743905985
Publisher:
Teacher Created Materials
Publication date:
12/14/2007
Series:
Science Readers Series
Edition description:
Illustrate
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,124,449
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Brenda Haugen started in the newspaper business and had a career as an award-winning journalist before finding her niche as an author. Since then, she has written more than 50 books and edited hundreds more, most of them for children. A graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, Brenda lives in North Dakota with her dog, Alice, who chose Brenda when she went to the Humane Society thinking she was there to adopt another dog.

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