Genetic Timeline

  • William Harvey

    William Harvey suggests that all living things originate from eggs.
  • JR Cameraius

    JR Camerarius does pollination experiments and discovers sex in flowering plants
  • CV Linnaeus

    CV Linnaeus proposes the taxonomic system including the naming of Homo sapiens
  • Charles Darwin

    Charles Darwin published Origins of Species.
  • Gregor Mendel

    Gregor Mendel published the results of his investigations of the inheritance of “factors” in pea plants
  • Walter Sutton

    Walter Sutton closed the gap between cell morphology and heredity
  • Discovery

    Chromosomes were discovered to be heredity units
  • Thomas Hunt Morgan

    Thomas Hunt Morgan shows that genes reside on chromosomes
  • Discovery

    Physical changes in genes are called mutations
  • Edward Lawrie

    Edward Lawrie Tatum and George Wells Beadle show that genes code for proteins
  • Rosalind Franklin

    Rosalind Franklin Obtained sharp x-ray diffraction photographs of DNA
  • James Watson & Francis Crick

    DNA structure is resolved to be a double helix by James Watson and Francis Crick
  • Jo Hin Tjio & Adam Levan

    Jo Hin Tjio and Albert Levan established the correct chromosome number in humans to be 46
  • Fred Sanger, Walter Gilbert & Allan Maxam

    DNA is sequenced for the first time by Fred Sanger, Walter Gilbert and Allan Maxam
  • Discovery

    Human chromosome 22 becomes first one to be sequenced completely
  • Discovery

    First draft sequences of human genome are released simultaneously by the Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics
  • Discovery

    Successful completion of Human Genome Project with 99% of the genome sequenced to a 99.99% accuracy