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Google Doodle Celebrates Gregor Mendel's Birthday: Brilliant or Boring?

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Today would have been the 189th birthday of Gregor Mendel, the Austrian botanist credited as being the "father of modern genetics" for his early work in discovering dominant and recessive hereditary traits in peas.

That explain's Google's newest doodle.



Mendel spent much of his time from 1856 to 1863 cultivating and studying pea plants to help him outline how genes are passed on and in what capacity, eventually leading to his Laws of Inheritance.

His discoveries are still central to the study of genetics.

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  • rand 2011/07/20 23:11:28
    Brilliant
    rand
    +14
    Emphasizing science and scientific accomplishments can only benefit a society reliant on reason, like ours will someday, hopefully, be.

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  • dizzy 2011/07/23 01:12:53
    Brilliant
    dizzy
    'Father of modern genetics', what is boring about that?? Hes clearly a genius who bettered the world & deserves celebration..

    What would be more exciting, pac-man again.. random doodles by some poor artists. I surely think this would be one of google's better doodles!
  • Shaheen 2011/07/21 19:43:52
    Brilliant
    Shaheen
    +1
    I study Science
  • Abbra Kadaver 2011/07/21 16:39:59
    Brilliant
    Abbra Kadaver
    +1
    Rand pretty much summed it up.
  • AmeriDebby 2011/07/21 16:25:28
    Brilliant
    AmeriDebby
    He kinda looks like Kelsey Grammer, tv's Frasier!
  • joe 2011/07/21 16:15:59
    Brilliant
    joe
    +1
    Focusing an people who make a positive difference more and on people who are foolish less is brilliant in it's simplicity.
  • BlunderWoman ~ FTGOP~ BN 0 2011/07/21 16:14:36
    Brilliant
    BlunderWoman ~ FTGOP~ BN 0
    +1
    Personally, I loved it and I thought it was very original.
  • Tom 2011/07/21 15:30:09
    Brilliant
    Tom
    +1
    I have enjoyed all of Google's "Etchings".. It is entertainment that is lost in today's media, where we once laughed at hidden commentary, like Spy vs. Spy by Antonio Prohías, If you didn't peruse the margins of Mad Magazine, you might have missed it. :)
  • Agent 42 2011/07/21 15:28:51
    Brilliant
    Agent 42
    +1
    Scientific education is much needed around the world.
  • dallasjoe 2011/07/21 15:28:08
    Brilliant
    dallasjoe
    +1
    He was cutting edge for his day
  • keeper 2011/07/21 15:01:15
    Brilliant
    keeper
    +1
    I think it may have been more poignant to honor Man walking on the Moon~~
  • Guinness 2011/07/21 14:56:17
    Boring
    Guinness
    I don't think researching the genes of dominant and recessive plants can be very enjoyable. but then again it can pass the time as being a friar couldn't have been the best job in the world
  • lily 2011/07/21 14:55:09
    Brilliant
    lily
    +2
    one of my heros .
    i plan t become a geneticist.
  • Billyk75 2011/07/21 14:44:19
    Brilliant
    Billyk75
    +1
    How many people besides me and the 121 others ever heard og Gregor Mendel?
  • lizabeth 2011/07/21 14:19:31
    Brilliant
    lizabeth
    +1
    Life is interesting and therefore so is this doodle. Great job Google!
  • Stuart 2011/07/21 14:16:02
    Brilliant
    Stuart
    +2
    Google was just taking up where the government schools drop the ball. I bet anyone that graduated in the last 10 years didn't even know who Mendel was until they clicked the link.
  • TKramar 2011/07/21 13:57:55
    Boring
    TKramar
    +1
    Genetics is uninteresting.
  • 2468 TKramar 2011/07/22 01:03:22
    2468
    It is related to SEX....so there is some potential there.
  • TKramar 2468 2011/07/22 10:58:49
    TKramar
    +1
    It is also related to eugenics.
  • 2468 TKramar 2011/07/22 20:21:38
    2468
    Agreed. That is the positive power that was horribly misused by the Nazis.

    I personally would like everyone to have a good set of internal organs that work well.
    Skin, hair and eye color are not generally the most important but the most visible.
  • Kino 2011/07/21 13:55:19 (edited)
    Brilliant
    Kino
    +2
    I liked it. People rarely think of Mendel and what he accomplished once they get past their biology classes.
  • Tony 2011/07/21 13:54:25
    Brilliant
    Tony
    +1
    I had never heard of Gregor Mendel before that. So for me it was brilliant and I learned something. :)
  • Silver Fang 2011/07/21 13:47:57
    Brilliant
    Silver Fang
    +1
    If not for Mendel's discoveries, medicine wouldn't be at the level it is today.
  • storytimemama 2011/07/21 13:47:29
    Brilliant
    storytimemama
    +1
    It made me grin when I saw the Mendel doodle!
  • SarcasticB*tch 2011/07/21 13:33:25
    Brilliant
    SarcasticB*tch
    +1
    GOOGLE IS BADASS!!!
  • WingedWarrior13 2011/07/21 12:56:56
    Brilliant
    WingedWarrior13
    +1
    I think his research was really interesting.
  • Sherry 2011/07/21 11:53:28
    Brilliant
    Sherry
    Still boring though.
  • Jimbo 2011/07/21 10:56:57
    Brilliant
    Jimbo
    +1
    His theory has been proven, applied in breeding better food, led to the Scopes monkey trial decision telling the religious in America the earth is not 4004 years old. We have come a long way from hanging scientists in the 17th century, but still have skeptics on things like global warming and evolution.
  • Pin Head 2011/07/21 09:13:11
    Boring
    Pin Head
    Never heard of him
  • AlexThe... Pin Head 2011/07/21 13:35:54
    AlexTheFork
    +2
    Have you ever gone to school?
  • Pin Head AlexThe... 2011/07/22 08:23:12
    Pin Head
    At one point
  • MkB 2011/07/21 08:57:48 (edited)
    Boring
    MkB
    Alexander the Great. By the age of thirty he was the creator of one of the largest empires in ancient history. Undefeated in battle and is considered one of the most successful commanders of all time. Now, that's brilliant.

    largest empires ancient history undefeated battle successful commanders brilliant alexander the great
  • Jimbo MkB 2011/07/21 10:58:24
    Jimbo
    +2
    The loss of his built library at Alexandria set science back hundreds of years.
  • MkB Jimbo 2011/07/21 11:55:32
    MkB
    +1
    Yes, I know. It's sad it happened.
  • Silver ... MkB 2011/07/21 13:49:42
    Silver Fang
    +2
    Each is brilliant in a different way. You compare apples to oranges.
  • MkB Silver ... 2011/07/21 17:03:49 (edited)
    MkB
    +1
    Either way. Far more greater of achievement to lead an army to create a large empire, not be beaten, by the young age of 30.
  • 2468 MkB 2011/07/22 01:05:53
    2468
    +1
    An army wins by destruction of the enemy and Mendel succeeded by giving us a tool to increase our yields and breeding outcomes.

    I would have to give more credit to Mendel.
  • MkB 2468 2011/07/22 05:00:34
    MkB
    Okay. I appreciate your opinion.
  • Bradley... MkB 2011/07/21 14:26:07
    Bradley Rappa
    +2
    Its just a different type of brilliant..no more or no less.
  • damiant2 2011/07/21 07:59:20
    Brilliant
    damiant2
    +1
    I am bias because I am biology major.
  • Nudenz 2011/07/21 07:17:44
    Brilliant
    Nudenz
    +1
    Good idea. Most people wouldn't know who Gregor Mendel is.

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