Scientific world salutes 150 years of modern genetics

Scientific world salutes 150 years of modern genetics

Centenary celebrations
September 2015

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flower as it self fertilises 

On 20 July the institute joined major scientific institutions around the world to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of modern genetics.

The global event celebrated the vision of Gregor Mendel, the father of modern genetics, whose discoveries helped shape the world we live in today.

Mendel: The Legacy was an initiative of the Mendel Museum of Masaryk University, Czech Republic. The event featured an audiovisual show projected on the walls of the Old Brno Abbey, where Mendel did his groundbreaking work.

Institute biomedical animator Mr Drew Berry created a custom artwork honouring Mendel’s contributions to science. The animated light show was accompanied by a full orchestral score by composer Duncan Hendy, and was performed live by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra.

The event was broadcast online at a number of international institutions, including the Royal Society (UK), Natural History Museum in Berlin, Germany, and The University of Melbourne. 

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