Oh, come on

Mary
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I adore SEED magazine, but this headline is just waaaay out of bounds for an article that doesn't actually show any hoo-has:

PLANTS GO TOPLESS

Despite the lamentable lack of nudity, the article's pretty interesting:

In a case of Greek mythology gone green, scientists in California have created a double-tailed plant: a mutant with a second root where its stalk would typically reside. ... The scientists determined that a variant of the gene known as TOPLESS can cause the development of a root instead of a shoot during the development of the plant Arabidopsis thaliana, resulting in a young plant with roots at both ends. Arabidopsis is a wild mustard plant, widely used as a model organism in plant genetics. It was also the first flowering plant to have its genome sequenced.

I want to know who the scientist was that named that gene.

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June 28, 2006 - 7:37am
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