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  Biometry (Greek, ‘measurement of life’) is the study of biological systems using quantitative methods such as statistics. Biometry grew largely out of work on evolution and genetics by mathematicians such as Karl Pearson (1857 - 1936), who maintained that it was important to be able to measure biological phenomena which were based on events such as inheritance. Mendel\'s early genetic work is an example of biometric study; today biometry in the broad sense of statistical analysis of biological data is important in all areas of experimental biology. RB

See also epidemiology; taxonomy.



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