Friday, November 1, 2013

Journal Club: Ugly dogs

This week's journal club paper: Integration of responses within and across Arabidopsis natural accessions uncovers loci controlling root systems architecture by Rosas et al. (2013)

This paper was like one of those dogs that's so ugly it's cute.

My comment:
"I think this is a flawed paper, but the authors' logic was so strange that I liked it. I think the idea that phenotypic plasticity is a mechanism leading to fixed genetic diversity is an odd one, and I don't think that they demonstrated that their candidate genes mediate phenotypic plasticity. However, I can't propose a better way to convincingly test their proposed hypothesis."

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