"There is no doubt that man, as an animal, inherits characteristics, good and evil, as do animals and plants."
Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866–1945)
Morgan's studies on inherited characteristics of the fruit fly laid the foundations of modern genetics and led to such advances as the deciphering of the human genome. His work earned him the 1933 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, making him the first native-born American to receive that honor. He also authored classic texts in genetics including Heredity and Sex (1913), The Physical Basis of Heredity (1919), Embryology and Genetics (1924), Evolution and Genetics (1925), The Theory of the Gene (1926), Experimental Embryology (1927), and The Scientific Basis of Evolution (1932).