The Gregor Mendel Project

Farther of Modern Genetics

Gregor Mendel

Gregor Mendel was a scientist who worked on genetics and heredity. He has contributed so much to the science of genetics. He is known as the father of modern genetics.

Early Years Successes & Struggles


1. Recognized as a gifted child in grade school

2. Accepted into the University of Olomouc


1. Spoke a different language at home than he did at school

2. Parents could not afford his schooling

Experimental Design

How many different forms would result from the random fertilization of two different pea plants? ~ That was Gregor Mendel's question and the design for his experiment.

Gregor Mendel researched pea plants because of their purity and easily observable characteristics. He also carried out an experiment to see if he could predict the number of long and short stem pea plants that would result when he crossed them together.


The ratio for all characteristics is about 3x.

Their are more Dominant than recessive genes.

Round seed shape pea plants equaled 5,474 and angular seed shape pea plants equaled 1,850.

This means that some some genes are more dominant and others are recessive.


Gregor Mendel's work was not fully understood and did not attract much attention while he was alive. A while after he died it was rediscovered and eventually named Mendel's laws.


When three scientist came together and rediscovered Mendel's article and work they built on it. So it really provided a foundation or a starting place for these new scientist or any scientist studying genetics to build on.

EXTRA: Vocabulary

Dominant: Gene that will over power another gene. An example would be brown eyes in humans.

Recessive: Gene that gets covered up by a dominant gene. An example would be blue eyes in humans.

CoDominant: Gene that is neither dominant or recessive. An example would be ABO blood types in humans.