particulate inheritance

particulate inheritance

the transmission of inherited characteristics by means of GENES which themselves remain unchanged.
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He covers mathematics, experience, and argument in 19th-century science; mathematical arguments in The Origin of Species; Mendel, mathematics, and the case for uniform particulate inheritance; rhetorical strategies and Francis Galton's arguments for a mathematical model of inheritance; Karl Pearson and the push for theoretical mathematical biology; and the ethos of biometry.
Only after his death would scientists found the new discipline of genetics on Gregor Mendel's theory of particulate inheritance. Similarly, the science of biology is a twentieth-century construct.

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