A Thousand Invisible Cords: Connecting Genes to Ecosystems

A Thousand Invisible Cords: Connecting Genes to Ecosystems

Thu, 09/06/2012 - 9:00pm

No longer will we see species as isolated members of ecosystems but as genetically connected members of a rich interacting community. In the words of the 19th century naturalist, writer, and environmental activist John Muir: “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken to everything in the universe.”

Can an entire landscape be changed by one gene in one plant or animal? Thirty years of interdisciplinary research says yes, and A Thousand Invisible Cords, airing Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 9 p.m. on WXXI World (DT21.2/cable524), follows the scientific journey that came to that conclusion.

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