Sunday, March 12, 2006

 

A Place to Work on Darwin's 'Abominable Mystery'

New York Times: "They will not be cloning sheep, engineering mutants or genetically modifying corn in the new biological research laboratory. And its ZIP code isn't in Berkeley, Cambridge or even Manhattan.

It's 10458 (sic), in the Bronx. The new $23 million facility - the first laboratory to be built at the New York Botanical Garden in 50 years - is expected to take genetic research at the nation's botanical gardens to a new level. Scholars at the new laboratory will be doing research into the ecology, habitat and biology of plants at a time when many species are increasingly endangered...

...Ultimately, said Dennis Stevenson, the garden's vice president for botanical science, some of its long-term research could provide answers to 'what Darwin called the abominable mystery - when, where and why flowering plants emerged.'"

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