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Science communication shouldn’t just be aimed at the general public

I recently attended a large synthetic biology conference. Pam Ronald, a renowned plant pathologist who is also known for being outspoken about genetic engineering gave one of the keynote addresses. As one of the few people from a plant biology background in the room, what happened afterwards surprised me. Dr. Ronald’s talk focused on the…

Science denialism is a bipartisan issue

Many people, especially scientists, seem to assume that science denialism is a republican problem. In addition to being untrue, this assumption can be counterproductive.

What does OMICS really mean?

Scientists are constantly attaching new words to the suffix “omics”: genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics….. So what exactly does “omic” mean, and how is it useful?

Plants have memories (sort of)

We know that plants can remember certain attacks or weather changes and learn to respond to them more quickly. Some have called this plant neurobiology. A new study just demonstrated that plants may have proteins similar to the ones that cause mad cow disease. It’s the plants, they’re learning, they…remember.

Pollination is sexy

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?

Plants are really weird

Plants are extraordinary. In this post, I explain three surprising things you probably don’t know about plants.

Introns are not “junk DNA”

Introns — the noncoding regions of genes — are sometimes called junk DNA, but they play very important roles in controlling the activity of genes.

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