How did Gregor Mendel discover patterns of inheritance and come to be known as the "Father of Genetics and Heredity"?
This student assignment sheet guides students through the use of the website titled
"Biology Basics: Mendelian Inheritance".
The URL is: http://www.wiley.com/college/test/0471787159/biology_basics/animations/mendelianInheritance.swf
Copyright 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Professor Daniel C. Scheirer, Northeastern University and Science Technologies.
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I have found the website to be a very useful way to introduce basic concepts of heredity and genetics. This resource explains the following terminology: traits, genes, alleles, dominant, recessive, homozygous, heterozygous, purebred, hybrid, Mendelian traits, Mendelian Ratio, genotype, phenotype, segregation, and independent assortment.
The assignment sheet prompts students to take notes about the story of how Gregor Mendel experimented on pea plants to discover some of the most basic and fundamental patterns of heredity.
A user of this resource recently sent me a message that they were having problems getting the link to work. Please read below for resolving the issue if you have a similar problem.
This website is actually an SWF file. An SWF file is an animation created with Adobe Flash that can be played with a web browser that has the Flash plugin installed. When I click on the link, the browser downloads the file instead of playing it. In my research I have found that recent updates to Chrome have made this a problem. Where an SWF file will download but not play.
Here is how you get it to work.
1) Click on the link.
2) In Chrome, the file will download in the bottom left corner of the screen.
3) If asked to Keep the file, click on Keep.
4) Click on the file or click on Show in Folder, then click to open the file.
5) You may be prompted to choose a program with which to open the file.
6) Select an internet web browser you use that has the Adobe Flash Player installed. I used Internet Explorer and it works beautifully.
7) If you do not have Adobe installed or are not sure, download here https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/. It is free and only takes a couple of minutes.
8) The process is similar in Firefox. Except it asks if you want to open or save the file. Either way, select a browser that has the Flash Player installed.