When Patrick  Schnable wanted to study maize as a teenager, he ordered corn with kernels of different colors and planted them in different parts of his family's garden to track the colors' inheritance. "Of course, because I didn't control pollination, as an experiment, this was a disaster," Schnable says. "But it did spark my interest in the phenotypic diversity of maize."

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