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Contents  
Foreword by Walter Cronkite  
Introduction - The National Science Foundation at 50: Where Discoveries Begin, by Rita Colwell  
Internet: Changing the Way we Communicate  
Advanced Materials: The Stuff Dreams are Made of  
Education: Lessons about Learning  
Manufacturing: The Forms of Things Unknown  
Arabidopsis: Map-makers of the Plant Kingdom
Decision Sciences: How the Game is Played  
Visualization: A Way to See the Unseen  
Environment: Taking the Long View  
Astronomy: Exploring the Expanding Universe  
Science on the Edge: Arctic and Antarctic Discoveries  
Disaster & Hazard Mitigation  
About the Photographs  
Acknowledgments  
About the NSF  
Chapter Index  
Arabidopsis: Map Makers of the Plant Kingdom
 

Golden Age of Discovery

"We are now in a 'golden age' of discovery in plant biology. Problems that have been intractable for decades are yielding to the application of modern methods in molecular and cellular biology. The forumla for much of the success is conceptually simple: Isolate a mutation that affects the process or structure of interest, clone the gene, find out where and when it is expressed, where the gene product is located, what it does, and what it interacts with, directly or indirectly .... Although it is not necessarily easy, any gene that can be marked by a mutation can be cloned. This is a qualitatively different situation from anything that has ever before existed in plant biology."

—From Arabidopsis, E. Meyerowitz and C.Somerville, eds., Cold Spring Harbor Press, 1994.

 
     
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A Rose is a Rose is a Mustard Weed
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Why Learn About Arabidopsis?
How to Make a Flower
Golden Age of Discovery
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