Gregor Mendel

Monique Reed monique at
Mon Oct 25 10:35:03 EST 1999

On-topic, but just for fun:

Let There Be Peas

In the beginning there was Mendel, thinking his lonely thoughts alone.
he said, "Let there be peas," and there were peas and it was good. And
he put the peas in the garden saying unto them, "Increase and
multiply, segregate and assort yourselves independently," and they did
and it was good. And now it came to pass that when Mendel gathered up
his peas, he divided them into round and wrinkled, and called the
round dominant and the wrinkled recessive, and it was good.

But now Mendel saw that there were four hundred and fifty round peas
and a hundred and two wrinkled ones; this was not good. For the law
stateth that there should be three round for every wrinkled. And
Mendel said unto himself "Gott in Himmel, an enemy has done this. He
has sown bad peas in my garden in the cover of night." And Mendel
smote the table in righteous wrath, saying "Depart from me, you cursed
and evil peas, into the outer darkness where thou shalt be devoured by
the rats and the mice." And lo, it was done and there remained three
hundred round peas and one hundred wrinkled peas, and it was good. It
was very, very good. And Mendel published.

By Gregory G. Doyle, Department of Genetics, University of Missouri,
Columbia, Missouri.

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