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Genetics Unzipped: Hap-pea 200th Birthday, Mendel!

Posted by , on 11 August 2022

Mendel at a rave with a party hat on

“Purple male and white female, or white male and purple female: whichever way he did the cross, he got the same results. And Mendel realised that was telling him something really, really important. It takes two.”

Professor Alison Woollard

In the latest episode of the Genetics Unzipped podcast, we celebrate the 200th birthday of Gregor Mendel and learn about the latest research into the genetics of human social traits that would have blown his mind. Professor Alison Woollard from the University of Oxford shares some of the less well-known stories about the forefather of genetics, Professor Greg Radick from the University of Leeds ponders what would have happened if Darwin had read Mendel’s papers, and Dr Rosa Cheesman from the University of Oslo explains how genetics can help us understand complex human traits and behaviours such as education.

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