Since 2003, Friends of John Innes Centre have gathered to find out more about the past, present and future of the research at JIC.

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April 2015 - The Innes Lecture: Mendel the Fraud? A social history of truth in genetics

On 8th February and 8th March 1865 Gregor Mendel presented his 'Experiments on Plant Hybridization' to his local natural history society in Brno in Moravia. These were the results of seven years of crossing experiments with garden pea plants. What led Mendel to embark on this project and what happened to his discoveries afterwards has been much debated . Everyone agrees that Mendel's experiments are central to the history of modern genetics yet there have been many conflicting interpretations of his work, including the early twentieth century criticism that some of his data was falsified. Mendel's story gives an insight into the collective nature of truth-telling and knowledge-making in science.

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