A Poem About The Father Of Modern Genetics
Gregor Mendel was an Austrian monk and farmer who studied variations in over 5,000 pea plants between 1856 and 1863 that became the basis of the rules of heredity and inheritance in genetics. In ninth grade biology class, I wrote a silly poem about him called A Monk And His Pea. I’ve decided to share it here:
Genes are a unit of hereditary material If you had none, you wouldn't be real I'm going to talk about a man named Gregor Mendel I'm sure his favorite soup had nothing that wasn't lentil Many people did not know, and could not see That his best discoveries came from the pea He was a monk in Austria who looked at them by trait He found out that peas didn't just decorate his plate His discoveries were at the same time as Darwin's evolution But nobody cared about his "factored" solution He did it with class; he did it with style But his discoveries weren't noted for a very long while He made it as easy as cans and their lids He made a generation of completely hybrids How did he do it when he wasn't so sure? He was completely positive that his plants were pure He treated them with care as if they were his son And then he called them the generation of F1 After this, he crossed them all He ended up with 1/4 short and 3/4 tall He put all this together to see what they could do He then called them the generation of F2 After seeing those of the F2 Generation, He was able to state a law called the law of segregation While the other monks sat around being lazy, They looked at poor Mendel and thought he was crazy They thought he had trouble putting on his pants How could he state things as the law of dominance? When Mendel's papers were finally found, It was too late, he was six feet in the ground In the early 1900's WS Sutton appeared An American graduate, a man to be feared When at last this man entered the scene, What Mendel called a factor, scientists called a gene Gregor Mendel set the basis as not only I can see Genetics actually started with a monk and his pea.