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The History of DNA




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The History of DNA

The History of DNA

The scientists who discovered Dna

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Gregor Mendel

Gregor Mendel

Austrian monk

Born in 1822

In monastery known for

research and teaching

After his death (1884) acknowledgment of his

discoveries in 1900

Known as “The Father of Genetics“

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Mendel’s Pea Plants

Mendel’s Pea Plants

First scientist to describe how traits are inherited

Looked at pea plants for 8 years

He studied 9 generations of plants

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Mendel’s Observations

Mendel’s Observations

He noticed that peas are easy to breed for pure traits and he called the pure strains purebreds.

He developed pure strains of peas for seven different traits (i.e. tall or short, round or wrinkled, yellow or green, etc.)

He crossed these pure strains to produce hybrids.

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Mendel’s Results

Mendel’s Results

Mendel crossed purebred tall plants with purebred short plants and the first generation plants were all tall.

When these tall offspring were crossed the result was a ratio of 3 tall to 1 short.

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The Traits Mendel Looked At

The Traits Mendel Looked At

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Dominant Trait Rule

Dominant Trait Rule

Strong Hereditary traits cover weak traits.

Mendel called stronger traits


Mendel called weaker traits

Recessive – Represented by lower case letter (t)

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Fredrick Griffith

Fredrick Griffith

Worked in the 1920’s

Taxonomist – a scientist who classifies and names organisms – He specialized in pathogens (disease-causing organisms)

Used mice and bacterium (Streptococcus pneumonia) to see if inherited material is passed though DNA or protein.

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Oswald Avery

Oswald Avery

Continued Griffith’s work

Identified DNA as the material that passes on the inherited information.

He used large amounts of bacteria and a process of heating and mixing the liquids to extract the nitrogen bases away from the protein

Became world’s first genetic engineer

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Erwin Chargaff and his rule

Erwin Chargaff and his rule

In 1950, biochemist Erwin Chargaff found that the arrangement of nitrogen bases in DNA varied widely,

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