Google has a Doodle out today, this time it's for the 189th birthday of the father of genetics, Gregor Mendel. It features the signature plant he used for coming up with his theory of dominant and recessive traits, the sweet pea or Pisum sativum. The Doodle itself shows two characteristics of peas, colour and leaf cover. The obvious dominance in colour, is for green (as marked by the capital 'G' for green and the lower case 'y' for yellow) and the leaf hood, at least to this pseudo-geneticist seems the recessive trait.

Peas for a Doodle

Peas for a Doodle

Gregor Mendel was a monk and botanist. He was born on July 20, 1822 in Heinzendorf, Austria (now in the Czech Pepublic) as Johann Mendel. He was given the name Gregor when he joined a monastery as a novitiate of the Augustinian order. He joined a monastery in Brunn where his experiments led him to formulate the Law of Segregation and the Law of Independent Assortment, which later became known as Mendel's Laws of Inheritance. The laws dealt with dominant and recessive traits and the definition of alleles. Mendel died at the age of 61 on January 6, 1884 and most of the importance of his work was only discovered posthumously.

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