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Overheard at PAG

When we weren't busy hosting Genome Technology's career seminar here at the Plant and Animal Genome meeting, we picked up some enlightening -- and entertaining -- quotes from the rest of the conference. Our favorites: Jerry Tuskan from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory gave a plenary lecture on the poplar, which remains sexually active for 1,000 years. Max Rothschild, who introduced the talk, said, "It's an enviable species." Robert Henry of Southern Cross University, prefaced his talk on pathogen defense loci in wild barley with a personal observation. Barley, he proposed, "ultimately leads to the Internet." How's that? Well, barley is a key ingredient in beer and it did play a key role in the formation of human communities. QED.

The Scan

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