salute to Gregor Mendel and his peas via Google logo

In a fantastic example of biocreativity, the Google logo of today depicts pea pods in honor of the father of modern genetics, Gregor Mendel, who would have been 189 years old today. For those unfamiliar with Mendel’s work, he discovered some of the most basic rules of genetic inheritance (now called Mendelian genetics or Mendelian inheritance) from his seminal experiments on cross-breeding pea plants.


This simple yet elegant Google “doodle” has certainly done its part to spread awareness of Mendel’s contribution to modern science. Several dozen news outlets and blogs have covered Mendel thanks to the Google doodle today including The LA Times, the Guardian, USA TodayMashable and PC Magazine.

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