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William Bateson and two levels of genetic information

8 August 2011

William Bateson and two levels of genetic information.

William Bateson, the man who coined the term ‘genetics’ – today is the 150th anniversary of his birth.  He was head of the John Innes Horticultural Institute at Merton, and did much to promote Mendel’s work.  He also coined the terms allelomorph (now allele), homozygote, heterozygote, and F1, F2, F3 generation. His 1909 book Mendel’s Principles of Heredity became an early classic work on genetics.

Much of his work was concerned with ‘sports of nature’, freaks if you like, and he conducted experiments on plant hybridization.

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