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Cracking the Code of Life
Understanding heredity
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Pythagoras
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de Maupertuis
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Pythagoras, Greek philosopher and mathematician



c. 580-500 B.C. Pythagoras
Pythagoras surmised that all hereditary material came from a child's father. The mother provided only the location and nourishment for the fetus. Semen was a cocktail of hereditary information, coursing through a man's body and collecting fluids from every organ in its travels. This male fluid became the formative material of a child once a man deposited it inside a woman.


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