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A Selection of Journal Articles Concerning Mendel and His Work

Below is a list of recent articles from journals and periodicals that concern scientific, historical,and pedagogical issues related to Mendel and his work. These articles are in a variety of languages, and are arranged by date of publication (1996 -> 1965). The list is certainly not exhaustive, and if you recognize omissions, or would like to suggest other articles for inclusion here, or if you would like to contribute a review of, or commentary on, an article in this list, please send e-mail to For additional bibliography, see the MendelWeb Bibliography, as well as the notes and references to the various articles in the Essays and Commentary section of MendelWeb.


Barnes, Barry. "Twentieth century -- Explaining Scientific Consensus: The Case of Mendelian Genetics by Kyung-Man Kim, with a foreword by Donald T. Campbell and with commentaries by Robert Olby and Nils Roll-Hansen." Isis 87, 1: 198-199 (Mar 1996).

Bishop, B E. "Mendel's opposition to evolution and to Darwin." Journal of Heredity, 87 3: 205-213 (May 1996).

Lawson, Anton E. "Introducing Mendelian genetics through a learning cycle." American Biology Teacher 58, 1: 38-42 (Jan 1996).

Meyer, Eric; Keller, Anne-Marie. "A mendelian mutation affecting mating-type determination also affects developmental genomic rearrangements in Paramecium tetraurelia." Genetics 1431: 191-202 (May 1996).

Radin, John W. "Today's plant breeders increase tomorrow's food supply." Agricultural Research, 44, 8: 2 (Aug 1996).


Ayala, Francisco J. "History, philosophy & ethics -- Explaining Scientific Consensus: The Case of Mendelian Genetics by Kyung-Man Kim, edited by Steve Fuller and with a foreword by Donald T. Campbell and commentaries by Robert Olby and Nils Roll-Hansen." Quarterly Review of Biology 70, 4: 500 (Dec 1995).

Blackmer, Hugh. "Internet reviews: Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man." College & Research Libraries News 56, p. 6 (June, 1995).

Bowler, Peter J. "Putting the peas in context -- Gregor Mendel: The First Geneticist by Vitezslav Orel" Nature, 378, p. 6552 (Nov 2, 1995).

Falk, Raphael. "The Struggle of Genetics for Independence." Journal of the History of Biology. 28, 2:219-246 (Summer, 1995).

Hirschhorn, R. "Genetic mosaicism: what Gregor Mendel didn't know." Journal of Clinical Investigation. 95, 2: 443-4 (February 1995) [editorial; comment]

Novitski, C. E. "Another look at some of Mendel's results." Journal of Heredity. 86, 1: 62-66 (January 1995).

Olby, Robert. " Nineteenth century -- Gregor Mendel's Experiments on Plant Hybrids: A Guided Study by Alain F. Corcos and Floyd V. Monaghan, and with original drawings by Maria C. Weber." Isis, 86, 3: 508-509 (September, 1995).

Rheinberger, Hans-Jorg. "When did Carl Correns read Gregor Mendel's paper? A research note." Isis, 86, 4: 612-616 (December, 1995).


Carlson, Elof Axel. "Genetics & evolution -- Gregor Mendel's Experiments on Plant Hybrids: A Guided Study by Alain F. Corcos and Floyd V. Monaghan and edited by Harvey M. Flaumenhaft and illustrated by Maria C. Weber." Quarterly Review of Biology. 69, 4: 520. (December 1994) [book review]

Fetherolf, Shirley. "Science -- Patterns of Inheritance: Understanding Genetics." School Library Journal. 40, 2: 63-64 (February 1994).

Gedda, L. "Twin study today." Acta. Genet. Med. Gemellol. Roma.. 43(1-2): 3-15 (1994).

Nissani, Moti. "Psychological, historical, and ethical reflections on the Mendelian paradox." Perspectives in Biology & Medicine 37, 2: 182-196 (Winter 1994).

Reina, S. and F. Miozza. Knowledge data base system for twins study. Acta. Genet. Med. Gemellol. Roma. 43(1-2): 83-8 (1994).

Rossiter, Margaret W. "Mendel the Mentor: Yale women doctorates in biochemistry, 1898-1937." Journal of Chemical Education . 71 pp. 215-19 (March 1994).

Trgovcevic, Z. [50 years of molecular biology]. Lijec-Vjesn. November/December, 116(11-12): 315-8 (1994). [in Serbo-Croation].

Wilson, Bradley E. "Book reviews -- Theory Change in Science: Strategies from Mendelian Genetics by Lindley Darden." Philosophy of Science 61, 1: 153-155 (March, 1994).


Carpenter, J. M. "History of science & technology -- Gregor Mendel's Experiments on plant hybrids: A guided study by Gregor Mendel, Alain F. Corcos and Floyd V. Monaghan." Choice. 31, 3: 479 (November 1993). [book review]

Fantini, Bernardino. "Sociology & philosophy of science -- Theory Change in Science: Strategies from Mendelian Genetics (Monographs on the History and Philosophy of Biology) by Lindley Darden." Isis, 84, 2: 424-425 (Jun 1993).

Palladino, Paolo. "Between craft and science: Plant breeding, Mendelian genetics, and British universities, 1900-1920." Technology & Culture 34, 2: 300-323 (April, 1993).

Pomiankowski, Andrew and Laurence D. Hurst. "Evolutionary genetics: Siberian mice upset Mendel." Nature. 363 pp. 396-7 (June 3, 1993).


Begley, Sharon. "A New Genetic Code." Newsweek. 120, 18: 77-78 (November 2, 1992). ABSTRACT: The mutations of genes and the way these mutations violateGregor Mendel's laws of genetics are discussed. The violations represent a true paradigm shift for genetics and have sobering clinical implications.

Carter, Bob S., Beaty, Terri H., et al. "Mendelian Inheritance of Familial Prostate Cancer." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 89, 8: 3367-3371 (Apr 15, 1992).

Fantini, Bernardino. "Nineteenth Century -- Legge e caso nella genetica mendeliana by Federico Di Trocchio." Isis. 83, 1: 151 (March 1992). [book review]

Hartl, Daniel L. and Vitezslav Orel. "What did Gregor Mendel think he discovered?." Genetics, 131 pp. 245-53. (June 1992). [ MendelWeb version].

Heckman, Robert. "Teaching a Mendelian codominant Drosophila melanogaster trait with alcohol dehydrogenase allozyme polymorphisms." American Biology Teacher 54, 8: 482-485 (Nov 1992).

Kohl, F. [Of flowering plants and garden peas. The first description of the laws of inheritance by Johann Gregor Mendel]. Dtsch. Med. Wochenschr. 117(31-32): 1212-6. (July 31, 1992) [in German].

Moore, John-M. et al. "Can Using Human Examples Facilitate Learning Mendelian Genetics Concepts?" School Science and Mathematics. 92, 5:273-77 (May/June 1992).

Riedel, M. [Johann Gregor Mendel (letter)]. Dtsch. Med. Wochenschr. 117, 45: 1737-8 (November 6, 1992) [in German]


Bondi, M., Brenci, G. and M.Bondi Jr. "Presence of an endothelioid tubelike structure at the interface of the amniotic membranes in twins with single and double placenta. Growth factors involvement." Acta. Genet. Med.Gemellol. Roma. 40, 1: 91-9 (1991).

Cravens, Hamilton. "The Mendelian revolution, by Peter J. Bowler" The Quarterly Review of Biology. 66, p. 68 (March 1991). [book review]

Falk, R. and S. Sarkar. "The Real Objective of Mendel's Paper: A Response to Monaghan and Corcos." Biology and Philosophy. 6, pp. 447-451.

Di Trocchio, F. "Mendel's experiments: a reinterpretation." Journal of the History of Biology. 24, pp. 485-519.

Paul, Diane B. "Twentieth Century -- The Mendelian Revolution: The Emergence of Hereditatian Concepts in Modern Science and Society, by Peter Bowler." Isis, 82, 314: 773-774 (Dec 1991).

Rodgers, Joann. "What Mendel wrought," and "Nontraditional inheritance: mechanisms Mendel never knew,"Mosaic (Washington, D.C.) . 22 pp. 2-11 (Fall 1991).

Weiling, F. "Historical study: Johann Gregor Mendel 1822-1884." American Journal of Medical Genetics. 40, 1: 1-25 (July 1, 1991).


Barnes, James. "History of Genetics: An Ancient Quest." Canada & the World. 55, 5: 14-16 (January 1990).

Churchill, Frederick B. "Book Reviews-- A Transition in Biology: The Mendelian Revolution." Science, 247, pp. 348-349 (Jan 19, 1990).

Decker, Caroline C. "Extra DNA Causes Mendel's Peas to Pucker." Science News. 137, 6: 87 (Feb 10, 1990).

Fincham, J. R. S. "Mendel--now down to the molecular level." Nature. 343 pp. 208-9 (January 18, 1990).

Gedda, L. and Brenci, G. and C. Rossi. "A stochastic model of the genetic predisposition to ageing: an application to twin data. " Acta. Genet. Med. Gemellol. Roma. 39, 4: 419-25 (1990).

Journel, H. and Melki, J. and Turleau, C. and Munnich, A. and J. de Grouchy. "Rett phenotype with X/autosome translocation: possible mapping to the short arm of chromosome X." American Journal of Medical Genetics. 35, 1: 142-7 (January 1990).

Mertens, Thomas R. "Using Human Pedigrees to Teach Mendelian Genetics." American Biology Teacher, 52, 5: 288-290 (May 1990).

Monaghan, Floyd and Alain Corcos. "The Real Objective of Mendel's Paper." Biology and Philosophy. 5, pp. 267-292 (1990).

Piegorsch, W.W. "Fisher's contributions to genetics and heredity, with special emphasis on the Gregor Mendel controversy. " Biometrics. 46, 4: 915-24 (December 1990).


Collins, Angelo, and James H. Stewart. "The Knowledge Structure of Mendelian Genetics." American Biology Teacher, 51, 3: 143-149 (Mar 1989)

Haffie, Tom. "Mendel to Monctezuma: The End-of-Term Review in Genetics." Bioscience. 39, 4: 246-253 (April 1989). Abstract: Tips are offered to genetic professors on how to structure a final exam. The use of humor, conflict, and incongruity will enhance a students' attention. A test sample is given.

Huckabee, Colleen J. "Influences on Mendel." American Biology Teacher. 51, 2: 84-88 (February 1989).

Jones, J. S. "Peas before Swine." Nature. 342, 6248: 352-353 (November 23, 1989).

Journel, H. and Parent, P. and Roussey, M. and B. LeMarec. "Unexpected ultrasonographic prenatal diagnosis of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease." Prenat. Diagn. 9, 9: 663-71 (September 1989).

Journel, H. and Parent, P. and Roussey, M. and B. LeMarec. "Isolated" hydrocephalus in families of spina bifida and anencephaly: a coincidence?" Neuropediatrics. 20, 4: 220-2 (November 1989).

McKean, Heather R; Gibson, Linda S. "Hands-On Activities That Relate Mendelian Genetics to Cell Division." American Biology Teacher, 51, 5: 294-299 (May 1989).

Nelson, Jane. "Galileo and Mendel Come to Class." Science Teacher. 56, 5: 60-62 (May 1989).

Olby, Robert. "The dimensions of scientific controversy: The biometric-Mendelian debate." British Journal for the History of Science. 22, 74 (Pt. 3), pp. 299-320 (September 1989).

Olby, Robert. "Nineteenth Century -- A Century Since Mendel by M. Campbell." Isis. 80, 304:713-714 (December 1989). [book review]

Young, Patrick. "Modifying Mendel One More Time." Science News. 136, 6: 92 (August 5, 1989). Abstract: The first reported cases of uniparental disomy challenges the classical notion of Mendelian genetics that holds that one chromosome in each pair comes from the mother, the other from the father.


Brown, Bruce C. "Mendel and the SSC: two p's in a pod." Physics Today. 41, p. 13 (March 1988).

Callender, L. A. "Gregor Mendel: an opponent of descent with modification." History of Science, 26, pp. 41-75.

Paterson, Andrew H., Lander, Eric S., Hewitt, John D., Peterson, Susan, Lincoln, Stephen E., and Tanksley, Steven D. "Resolution of Quantitative Traits into Mendelian Factors by Using a Complete Linkage Map of Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphisms." Nature, 335, pp. 721-726 (Oct 20, 1988).

Rensberger, Boyce. "The Code of Life." Science World. 44, 12: 18-19 (February 26, 1988).


Alfieri, A. and Gatti, I. and A.C. Alfieri. "Weight and height growth in twins and children born in the last decade." Acta. Genet. Med. Gemellol. Roma. 36, 2: 209-11 (1987).

Corcos, Alain F. and Floyd V. Monaghan, Floyd. "Correns, an independent discoverer of Mendelism? An historical/critical note." The Journal of Heredity. 78, p. 330 (September/October 1987).

Gedda, L. and Brenci, G. and Laurenti, C. and De Dominicis, C. and D. Mattioli. "Teratomorphism in the urinary tract of MZ twins: short case report." Acta. Genet. Med. Gemellol. Roma. 36, 4: 565-6 (1987).

Shaw, Richard F. "Mendel, by Vitezslav Orel." The Journal of Heredity. 78 , p. 214 (May/June 1987).


Balen, Gerrit A. M. van. "The influence of Johannsen's discoveries on the constraint-structure of the Mendelian research program: an example of conceptual problem solving in evolutionary theory." Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. 17, p. 175-204 (June 1986).

Edwards, A. W. F. "Are Mendel's results really too close?" Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society. 61, p. 295-312 (November 1986).

Glass, Bentley. "Origins of Mendelism, by Robert C. Olby." The Quarterly Review of Biology. 61, pp. 233-4 (June 1986). [book review]

Mendel, Gregor. "Experiments in a monastery garden." American Zoologist. 26, 3:749-52 (1986).

Monaghan, Floyd and Alain Corcos. "Tschermak: a non-discoverer of Mendelism." The Journal of Heredity. 77, p. 468 (November/December 1986).

Pilgrim, Ira. A solution to the too-good-to-be-true paradox and Gregor Mendel. The Journal of Heredity. 77, 3: 218-20 (May/June 1986).


Blanc, Marcel. "Darwin, Mendel, Morgan: the beginnings of genetics," translated by R. S. Walker. Diogenes (International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies). 131, p. 101-13 (Fall 1985).

Campbell, Margaret. "Pairing in Mendel's theory." The British Journal for the History of Science. 18, pp. 337-40 (November 1985).

Corcos, Alain and Floyd V. Monaghan. "Some myths about Mendel's experiments." The American Biology Teacher. 47, pp. 233-6 (April 1985).

Corcos, Alain and Floyd V. Monaghan. "Role of de Vries in the recovery of Mendel's work: was de Vries really an independent discoverer of Mendel?" The Journal of Heredity. 76, pp. 187-90 (May/June 1985).

Gedda, L. and P. Parisi. "Gregor Mendel and twins." Acta. Genet. Med. Gemellol. Roma. 34(3-4): 121-4 (1985).

Jungck, John R. "Mendel, Mendeleev and me: teaching's impact upon research." The American Biology Teacher. 47, pp. 197-201 (April 1985).

Marquez-Montez, H. et al. [Centenary of the death of Gregor Mendel]. Gac. Med. Mex. 121(3-4): 107-34 (March/April 1985). [In Spanish].

Mertens, Thomas R. "The birthplace of genetics: a historical note." The Journal of Heredity. 76, pp. 67-8 (January/February 1985).

Monaghan, Floyd V. and Alain F. Corcos. "Mendel, the empiricist." The Journal of Heredity. 76, pp. 49-54 (January/February 1985).

Monaghan, Floyd. and Alain Corcos. "Chi-square and Mendel's experiments: where's the bias?" The Journal of Heredity. 76, pp. 307-9 (July/August 1985).

Pelz, L. [Johann Gregor Mendel and medical genetics. A medical history sketch on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death 6 January 1984] . Z. Arztl. Fortbild. Jena. 79(12): 543-6 (1985). [In German]

Ridley, Mark. "Mendel, by Vitezslav Orel." New Scientist. 105, p. 47 (January 31 1985). [book review]

Sandler, I. and L. Sandler. "A conceptual ambiguity that contributed to the neglect of Mendel's paper." Hist. Phil. Life Sci. 7: 3-70.

Tisdale, Charles. "Gregor Mendel: a meditation on the variety of peas." Michigan Quarterly Review. 24, pp. 267-8 (Spring 1985).


Corcos, Alain and Floyd V. Monaghan. "Mendel had no "true" monohybrids." The Journal of Heredity. 75, pp. 499-500 (November/December 1984).

MacRoberts, Michael H. "L. H. Bailey's citations to Gregor Mendel." The Journal of Heredity. 75, p. 500 (November/December 1984).

Olby, Robert. "Mendel, by Vitezslav Orel." Nature. 312, p. 222 (November 15, 1984). [book review]

Oldroyd, D. "Gregor Mendel: founding-father of modern genetics?" Endeavour. 8(1): 29-31 (1984).

Pilgrim, Ira. "The too-good-to-be-true paradox and Gregor Mendel." The Journal of Heredity. 75, pp. 501-2 (November/December 1984).

Sermonti, G. [Gregor Mendel (1822-1884)]. Riv. Biol. 77(1): 105-13 (Spring 1984). [In Italian]

Soudek, D. "Gregor Mendel and the people around him (commemorative of the centennial of Mendel's death)." American Journal of Human Genetics 36(3): 495-8 (May 1984).


Gedda, Luigi and G. Brenci. "Twins living apart test: Progress report." Acta. Geneticae Medicae et Gemellologiae - Twin-Research. 32(1) 17-22 (1983).

Kalmus, H. "The scholastic origins of Mendel's concepts." History of Science 21: 61-83.


Sheynin, O.B. "On the history of medical statistics." Archive for History of Exact Sciences. 26, 3:241--286 (1982).


Blixt, S. "Why didn't Gregor Mendel find linkage?" Nature. 256, 5514: 206 (July 17, 1975).

Dobzhansky, T. "Looking back at Mendel's discovery." Science. 156, pp. 1588-89.

Kenez, J. [Johann Gregor Mendel, founder of modern genetics (1822-1884)] Orv. Hetil. 113, 42: 2539-41 (October 15, 1972) [In Hungarian]

Olby, Robert. "Mendel No Mendelian?" History of Science, 17, pp. 53-72.

Orel, V. [Gregor Mendel and the animal breeding in Moravia]. Schweiz. Arch. Tierheilkd. 113 2: 82-3 (February 1971). [In German]

1965: This was the centenary year of Mendel's paper, and there were several books published in addition to the articles listed below.

Alikhanian, SI. [Gregor Johann Mendel]. Mikrobiologiia. 34(4): 733-9 (July/August 1965). [In Russian]

Astaurov, B.L. [On the scientific heritage of Gregor Mendel]. Zh. Obshch. Biol. 26(5): 521-7 (Se