A new collection of articles celebrating the bicentennial of Gregor Mendel’s birth discuss his life, work and legacy in modern-day genetic…
Mendel’s legacy in modern genetics
2022 marks 200 years since the birth of J. Gregor Mendel, widely regarded as the founder of genetics. In recognition of the legacy and impact of Mendel’s ground-breaking work, PLOS Biology has commissioned a collection of articles under the theme “Mendel’s legacy in modern genetics”. The collection draws on the opinion of experts in the field of genetics, who look back at Mendel’s original research and examine how well it stands up to modern views on genetics, and how it has influenced the field.
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Image creditPLOS Biology Johann Gregor Mendel: Born to be a scientist?
Johann Gregor Mendel, born 200 years ago, was supposed to be a farmer, intended to be a teacher, became a priest, turned to being a…
PLOS Biology What can we learn from selfish loci that break Mendel’s law?
Exceptions to Mendel’s law of segregation were important for demonstrating that chromosomes carry genetic material. Scrutiny of additional…
Image creditPLOS Biology Gregor Mendel’s legacy in quantitative genetics
Gregor Mendel’s discovery of the laws of segregation and independent assortment and his inference of the existence of non-mendelian…
PLOS Biology The deceptive simplicity of mendelian genetics
Mendel, a genius experimentalist, meticulously uncovered the genetic basis of heredity in work that transformed the science of biology.…
Image creditPLOS Biology Turning promise into practice: Crop biotechnology for increasing genetic diversity and climate resilience
As climate change increasingly threatens agricultural production, expanding genetic diversity in crops is an important strategy for…
Image creditPLOS Biology Selfish centromeres and the wastefulness of human reproduction
Many human embryos die in utero owing to an excess or deficit of chromosomes, a phenomenon known as aneuploidy; this is largely a…