In a letter to the scientific journal Nature last week, Kim Nasmyth and Dieter Schweizer tell how plans are in place to reinstate the monastery at Brno in the Czech Republic, where Gregor Mendel made his discoveries about genetics. The monastery contains the Mendel museum, which was previously reported to be under threat.
The new proposal says that 'the monastery site could eventually house a research institute, a conference centre with a modern lecture hall, and a museum of genetics, as well as providing courses for graduates and children alike. It could create a forum for discussions on genetics and the wider ethical issues'.
The letter also states that there are plans to hold an exhibition in 2002, and a conference to run concurrently, entitled 'Genetics after the Genome'.
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Exciting future planned for birthplace of genetics