Today’s New York Times tells us the exciting tale of plant geeks and the race for their chosen Holy Grail, a true red iris. Stand back and watch from the sidelines coz it’s a tight race to the finish and the pollen is flying!
Now if you’re kinda French and nervous about genetic engineering, be warned. And check out Michael Pollan’s Botany of Desire, wherein he makes the case that gene-mixing is our best hope for significantly reducing the use of pesticides. (Or for a great contact high, read the chapter on marijuana.)