Plants are organisms too

To continue with the theme “what’s wrong with research science”, there’s an interesting letter in Nature entitled “RNAi Nobel ignores vital groundwork on plants”. Chris pointed out to me at the time that the fundamentals of RNAi were discovered first in plants. If it’s true that a finding is considered a biological oddity in plants (or Archaea, or fungi, or [insert non-model organism here]), but a fundamental discovery in animals, then we work in a very sad and flawed community.

I’m reminded of a recent blog post bemoaning the fact that all you need do to make your research more “worthy” (i.e. fundable) is insert the word “biomedical” – regardless of what you actually achieve.