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Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
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22 August 1997 8:00 pm
Today is the 62nd birthday of Gurdev Khush, an Indian plant geneticist whose work was a cornerstone of the Green Revolution, which allowed a doubling of world rice production from 1966 to 1990. The son of subsistence farmers, Khush modified various strains of rice by breeding them for rapid growth and compatibility with chemical fertilizers. His research has led to the development of more than 200 high-yielding varieties of rice, many of which are widely cultivated. Khush heads the division of plant breeding, genetics, and biochemistry for the International Rice Research Institute in Manila, the Philippines.
[Source: Emily McMurray, Ed., Notable Twentieth-Century Scientists. Gale Research Inc. ITP. 1995.]