Two historians consider the field of taxonomy to ask what history can provide science at the bench level.
Nikolai Ivanovich Vavilov's hypothesis on the evolution of rye is now accepted. But in the 1930s, his research got him arrested.
Genome recoding could offer new modes of virus resistance, but the technology raises serious ethical concerns.
Over 100 years ago, a horticulturalist introduced hybrid plants to California gardeners. Up sprouted a movement of amateur experiments in plant biology.
In 2003, Christine Rosen wrote that "[w]e may come to know too much about ourselves to truly live in freedom."
Heliconian butterflies choose mates with similar wing patterns. Their genes make them do it.