Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
It is now common knowledge – but also a misbelief – that in 1905 William Bateson coined the term ‘genetics’ for the first time in his letter to Adam Sedgwick. This important term was already formulated 81 years earlier in a series of papers written by a sheep-breeding count 10 called Imre (Emerich) Festetics, who still remains somewhat mysterious even today. The articles written by Festetics summarised the results of a series of lasting and elegant breeding experiments he had conducted on his own property. Selecting the best rams, Festetics had painstakingly crossed and backcrossed his best sheep to reach better wool quality. These experiments later turned out to reveal a better understanding of inheritance outlining genetics as a new branch of natural sciences.
30 Oct 2018
Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg (iASK), Hungary