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The United States has a very diverse heritage There is no American race Americans are the blending of many cultures throughout many generations With this blending of cultures comes a blending of genes In the past genes have not been well understood They were not understood until Mendel did experiments on plants to find out why different plants of the same species had different characteristics His goal was to find the key to unlock the mystery of inheritance Copeland and Hammer 12 After many years of collecting data he unlocked the door He discovered that the child gets one element from each parent for every trait He also discovered that one of them is more dominant and shows up over the other recessive one Brown 16 He published his results but their significance was not understood at the time Sixteen years after his death three people believed to have the key Looking for other results to verify the ideas they came across Mendels results 14 Their data agreed and with this a new science was born - the science of Genetics 15 Due to modern medicine such as antibiotics and rehabilitation many genetic diseases have been allowed to survive In nature these diseases would not have survived to the extent that they do now Advances in science and medicine have allowed these problems to thrive Further advances in science may be able to terminate genetic diseases through cloning Genetic problems have plagued the United States for centuries Genetic diseases and mutations are more prevalent in todays world than ever before due to advances in medicine CHMG Charles Darwins theory of evolution stated that only the strong survive Lutz 10 Modern medicine has changed that theory by allowing the weak or people with genetic diseases to survive Genetic defects are caused by mutations When genes change in any way they produce permanent new characteristics called mutations Copeland and Hamer 19 On that note there have
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