In the National Academy of Science's genetically engineered crop study report released a few days ago, they proposed a new regulatory framework for analyzing the safety of any crop variety that relies on a technology called "omics"? So what in the world is an omic and how is it useful? There are many different types … Continue reading Okay, so what the heck are “omics”?
Sorry Mark Wahlberg, this is not a prequel to the 2008 sci-fi thriller “The Happening,” but maybe M. Night Shyamalan was onto something. Could plants learn that large groups of people are threatening, then kill them with an aerosol neurotoxin? Probably not. But they do learn, remember, forget, and even make decisions in some capacity. If … Continue reading It’s the plants. They’re learning. They…remember
It’s springtime, so those of us with allergies might have noticed plants getting all animal planet with our sinuses. Seems most plants are pretty lose with their pollen, but when it comes to procreation, they’re very particular. So how do plants swipe right on a match? (For my married friends, that’s a tinder reference. For … Continue reading The birds and the bees and the flowers? The not-so-secret sex life of plants
As an undergraduate, I sat through human biology lectures, shouldered up with ambitious pre-meds at the University of Colorado. When they marched off to anatomy, I wandered into the councilor’s office, wondering what biology careers don't require memorizing musculature. I met with professor emeritus and plant biotechnology enthusiast Andrew Staehelin who insisted, “you should get a PhD … Continue reading 3 Surprising Facts About Plants: Immunity, Indeterminacy, and Immortality