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Where did the study of genetics begin? In the garden of course! In Gregor Mendel’s garden to be exact. You should remember this from high school biology class, but just in case you don’t, this little video should help refresh your memory. Man, I loved filling out Punnett squares in college! Kind of like Sodoku for science nerds … ~AR
How Mendel’s Pea Plants Helped Us Understand Genetics (now with working video!)
TED Ed takes a look back at Gregor the Monk’s pioneering genetics experiments featuring the humble pea plant. When you remember that he figured all of this out before we had even discovered DNA or the molecular idea of a gene, it’s even more amazing.
At what point does the ethical gourmand’s conscience eschew even vegetables? The question of the “sentience” of plant matter has been tossed around for ages, most notably by 1979’s The Secret Life of Plants (and, to a lesser extent, Maynard James Keenan’s rock album rant concerning “the cries of the carrots”).
But as far off the sane path as the assertion seems, new research hints at a form of conscious life for plants—of stored memories and earnest communication. That’s the case, at least, for the simple pea. —MN