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Re: Goethe was right afte all.

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  • elfuncle
    Thanks Frank, I just shared it you-know-where. Tarjei
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 8, 2009
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      Thanks Frank,

      I just shared it you-know-where.

      Tarjei

      --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "eltrigal78" <eltrigal78@...> wrote:
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      > http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/08/science/08flower.html?pagewanted=1&8dpc
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      > The discovery was a remarkable echo of ideas first put forward by the German poet Goethe, who not only wrote "Faust" but was also a careful observer of plants.
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      > In 1790, Goethe wrote a visionary essay called "The Morphology of Plants," in which he argued that all plant organs, including flowers, started out as leaves. "From first to last," he wrote, "the plant is nothing but a leaf."
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      > Two centuries later, scientists discovered that mutations to genes could cause radical transformations like those Goethe envisioned. In the past two decades, scientists have investigated how the genes revealed through such mutations work in normal flowers. The genes encode proteins that can switch on other genes, which in turn can turn other genes on or off. Together, the genes can set off the development of a petal or any other part of an Arabidopsis flower...
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      > Scientists are studying those genes to figure out how new flowers evolved.
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