By Sam Kean

ISBN-10: 0316182311

ISBN-13: 9780316182317

From bestselling writer Sam Kean comes extra fabulous tales of technological know-how, historical past, language, and track, as advised via our personal DNA.

In The Disappearing Spoon, bestselling writer Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic desk. within the VIOLINIST'S THUMB, he explores the wonders of the paranormal construction block of lifestyles: DNA.

There are genes to provide an explanation for loopy cat girls, why people haven't any fingerprints, and why a few humans live on nuclear bombs. Genes light up every thing from JFK's bronze pores and skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They turn out that Neanderthals and people bred millions of years extra lately than any people could suppose cozy considering. they could even permit a few humans, a result of remarkable flexibility in their thumbs and hands, to turn into actually singular violinists.

Kean's brilliant storytelling once more makes technology enjoyable, explaining human background and whimsy whereas exhibiting how DNA will effect our species' future.

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86 p. Notes Author’s address: Director for Agricultural Sciences at the Rockefeller Foundation, 420 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10018, USA. Citation: [IRRI] International Rice Research Institute. 1996. Rice genetics III. Proceedings of the Third International Rice Genetics Symposium, 16–20 Oct 1995. Manila (Philippines): IRRI. A. Antonio, A. Shomura, T. Shimano, Y. Y. Lin, T. Inoue, H. Kajiya, Y. Harushima, K. Yamamoto, Y. Nagamura, N. Kurata, M. Yano, Y. Minobe, and T. Sasaki We have constructed a high-density linkage map of rice using an F2 population derived from the cross between a japonica variety, Nipponbare, and an indica variety, Kasalath.

Also, as rice production is becoming uneconomical in high-income countries, the farmers in low-income countries could gain by producing exportable surplus of superior quality grains for the markets in high-income countries. Research on breeding for quality has to be country-specific. But international genetics research could help identify traits that determine rice quality—the size and the shape of the grain, chalkiness, amylose content, gel consistency, and aroma. Rice breeders in national research systems could then use this knowledge to develop varieties for their respective countries.

To the extent that the sample of national and international researchers was able to provide valid estimates of the gains possible from research, the progress already made, and the time needed to make further gains, they are good estimates of the potential of research to make gains. The Rockefeller Foundation will use the data in Table 3 to guide its allocations of rice biotechnology investments over the next few years. We believe the relative investments indicated there are useful indicators of how our funds should be directed.

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