oa CSIR Science Scope - Understanding the building blocks of human life : geneticist - stem cell research



The CSIR's Dr Janine Scholefield became inspired to study genetics during a high-school biology lesson when she was taught how the laws of inheritance were derived from experiments performed by Austrian monk Gregor Mendel on more than 5 000 pea plants in the late nineteenth century. At the time, Mendel was not taken that seriously, but his hybridisation experiments eventually contributed to what we understand about genetics today.


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