"...endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved."
August 23, 2010 6:36 PM Subscribe
posted by overeducated_alligator (54 comments total)
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Our minds boggle at how the wolf could become the chihuahua, the Saint Bernard, the poodle and the Komondor
. Artificial selection was likewise responsible for transforming the humble wild mustard plant Brassica oleracea
into cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and the breathtaking fractal Romanesco
, all in the span of a few centuries.
Even without any outward signs of common ancestry, nomenclature gives us a clue:
The only ones to lose out are the supertasters
: the sensory mutants among us for whom the cruciferous bounty is a bitter pill.
The genome, and everything else you would ever want to know, at brassica.info