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International Mendel’s Day

March 08, 2020

The date is auspicious as both International Women’s Day and International Mendel Day, which recognizes 19th Century Augustinian Friar Gregor Johan Mendel, who is considered the father of genetics. Mendel, through his work on pea plants, discovered the fundamental laws of inheritance. He deduced that genes come in pairs and are inherited as distinct units, one from each parent.