The Genetic Revolution


My first contact with genetics was inauspicious.In our undergraduate genetics course at Hopkins,there was an experiment in which we were to count and characterize fruit flies that were reproducing in flasks with cloth stoppers.Returning to the lab one day,I found fruit flies all over the outside of the flasks containing my flies.Thinking they had escaped from the stoppered flasks,I counted their characteristics and recorded the results,not realizing at the time that these flies on the outside of the flasks had gathered there after they escaped from the flasks of my classmates.Needless to say,I was unable to con firm Mendel’s laws.


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