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Mendel then crossed members of this first yellow-seeded generation among themselves. Green seeds reappeared along with yellow seeds. But that was not all. Yellow- and green-seeded plants were formed in a specific ratio of 3: 1. Mendel knew that statistical analysis was impossible without adequate numbers of plants. In a typical experiment such as the one just described we read from Mendel's accounts that he had raised and tallied THE FIRST SYNTHESIS 35 8023 hybrids! And of those, 6022 were yellow-seeded and 2001 were green.
In 1902, Lucien Cuenot showed that certain color "differences" in mice also confirmed Mendel's rules. Bateson suggested terminology which his contemporaries quickly adopted and which are still in use today. " In Bateson's inaugural address to the Third Conference on Hybridization and Plant Breeding on July 31, 1906, he said, "I suggest for the consideration of the Congress the term 'genetics,' which sufficiently indicates that our labours are devoted to the elucidation of the phenomena of heredity and variation .
However, before the end of the eighteenth century, geologists began to uncover evidence that the earth was a great deal older than the popular estimate of a few thousand years. In Theory of the Earth published in 1785, James Hutton denied that a special divine force had molded the earth but that it had been and continued to be slowly transformed by natural agents such as wind, water, and subterranean movements. Later, other geologists such as William Smith and Charles Lyell discovered rock strata bearing fossils of extinct animals, amassing evidence that species do in fact change over the ages.
The Human Genome Project: Cracking the Genetic Code of Life by Thomas F. Lee