Several years ago I gave an examination in a senior course in plant breeding which happened to be scheduled immediately following an extensive discussion of mutations. One question pertained to the origin of an abnormal plant in a farmer's field. I was disappointed but not particularly surprised to note that the majority of he students ignored their farm experience, their background in weed science, their courses in soil fertility and even other facets of plant breeding in answering the question. The recent discussion dealt with mutation. The course was plant breeding. Would a plant breeding instructor deliberately ask a question that could implicate herbicides? Of course he would. Does the extension specialist look for mutations because his last course at "State" was in plant breeding? Does the medical doctor diagnose a case of Scarlet Fever because his last patient had a sore throat?



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