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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:0

The influence of two long dead men of religionTwo men of religion who died before the 20th century began have contributed greatly to this week's BMJ. Gregor Mendel entered an Augustinian monastery in Brunn in 1843. His experiments on the edible pea in the monastery garden, which illustrated the basic rules of genetics, were published in 1865-69 but remained unrecognised until the early 20th century. Thomas Bayes was born the son of a nonconformist minister in 1702 and became …

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