Google Doodle Has Us Counting Peas, Honors Gregor Mendel

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Google Doodle Has Us Counting Peas, Honors Gregor Mendel
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The latest Google Doodle goes with its inspiration like peas in a pod. Bad jokes aside, the most recent Google alteration focuses on Gregor Mendel, the “father of modern genetics,” hence the use of peas to spell out the ubiquitous Google logo. While the Mendel logo, or at least the meaning behind it, may not be the favorite subject considering today’s ever-fracturing belief structures, at least in the United States, Google’s execution of it is once again accurate.

For those who aren’t aware, Mendel is credited with “discovering” genetics through his experimentation with growing peas. Through his trials, Mendel began to recognize recessive and dominant traits, and how they are propagated via offspring. From Wikipedia’s description — the first result for Google’s “Gregor Mendel” query:

Between 1856 and 1863 Mendel cultivated and tested some 29,000 pea plants (i.e., Pisum sativum). This study showed that one in four pea plants had purebred recessive alleles, two out of four were hybrid and one out of four were purebred dominant. His experiments led him to make two generalizations, the Law of Segregation and the Law of Independent Assortment, which later became known as Mendel’s Laws of Inheritance.

Mendel’s experiments with peas leads directly to Google’s latest doodle. It should be noted that, not only is Mendel the focus of the latest Google Doodle — Happy 189th Birthday, sir — but he’s also the subject of a trending Twitter topic, obviously due to the Google logo. Nevertheless, if any of the tweens who (over?) populate Twitter accidentally learn something during their daily praises of all things Justin Bieber and Rebecca Black, then it’s been a productive day.

We celebrate Gregor Mendel, Austrian botanist & father of genetics, born July 20, 1822. Peas enjoy! http://t.co/7sSRXRa 6 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

For all those complain about genetically modified foods – Gregor Mendel was making GMF back in 1856! Happy birthday, dead guy. 7 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Awesome, my favorite one yet: “Google Doodle Honors Gregor Mendel, ‘Father of Genetics'” 2 minutes ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Happy 189th birthday to Gregor Mendel whose experiments on 29,000 pea plants (1856-1863) led to his Laws of Inheritance. http://qoo.ly/6d8 23 minutes ago via SocialReport.com · powered by @socialditto

All we are saying, is give peas a chance – Nativity of Gregor Mendel http://bit.ly/oA6AdV 7 hours ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

The nerd in me smiles today. Happy Birthday, Gregor Mendel! http://ow.ly/5IZML #GoogleDoodle 30 minutes ago via HootSuite · powered by @socialditto

Does the fact that a friar “discovered” genetics meet the requisites to be labeled as ironic? Moving on, any thoughts on the latest Google Doodle? Is there a famous person, alive or dead, you’re hoping to see in future Google Doodles? Let us know.

Google Doodle Has Us Counting Peas, Honors Gregor Mendel
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  • Kenneth Howell

    Thank you Google for your Mendel tribute!

  • http://www.thenewrewls.com MrJodie

    Wow, a tip of the hat and a new doodle for Gregor Mendel. Genetically modified foods will outlive us all…

  • http://backupsecurity813@gmail.com. RUSH

    Currently taking Biology ,and found this very interesting.Thank you Google for enriching everybody’s day to day life with cool information and helping up in remembering great minds from the past. Big’ups to Google.

  • Rolanda P. McCray

    I think it’s awesome how a simple doodle of peas can bring back the memories of biology class and the punnett square. Thank You Google!!!!

  • John van der Meer

    Unless I’m badly mistaken, I believe the Google Mendel Logo is wrong. I believe Mendel counted the ripe peas, not the pods. It is the peas inside the pods that were yellow or wrinkled, not the whole pods.

  • Calm_Blue_Sea

    It’s very unfortunate that the creator of a doodle meant to be a tribute to Mendel has no understanding of Mendelian genetics or genetic notation. One trait is examined in the diagram: pea pod colour. However the artist has included alleles of two different genes. He also appears to be under the impression that peas are haploid. The genetic notation for the parental generation should of course be GG (green) and gg (yellow). The first filial (first set of offspring) should all be Gg, and in the second filial generation we should see one GG, two Gg and one gg. Finally, the diagram suggests that pea pod colour and pea (seed) colour are linked; they are not. Pea colour is determined by a second unlinked gene (and in the case of pea colour, green is recessive to yellow).

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Richardson

      I appreciate your passion, but I don’t think Google’s goal was to provide a genetics lesson. I think they wanted to honor Mendel with a nice logo alteration that invited people to do their own investigations.

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