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September 18th, 2009:

GM traits in Mexican Landraces

Yesterday we had an ESPM (Environmental Science and Policy Management) guy crash PMB beer hour. It was an interesting experience, but one thing really worried me. In a discussion of “so what do you guys do in PMB?” the crasher mentioned “well I know about the people studying corn.” I’m sure you can just picture my face lighting up as I get ready to talk about the fascinating research of people like Sarah Hake and Damon Lisch, or worst case, to defend studying corn a person who might be radically anti-GMO. But of course I couldn’t be that lucky. When he said studying corn, he didn’t mean plant development, or transposons, or paramutation, or any of the other cool things corn can teach us. He meant the research of Ignacio Chapela.