jimson/gypsum (weed)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 16 03:07:11 UTC 2012

On Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 9:22 PM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at stanford.edu> wrote:
> Datura stramonium, known by the common names Jimson weed or datura is a plant in the Solanaceae (nightshade) family, which is believed to have originated in the Americas, but is now found around the world.

Thanks, arnold. I know datura - and only that (at the time, I didn't
even know that it was the same as jimson weed) - from back in the day,
when I used to work in a plant-biology research lab that specialized
in Solanaceae, primarily various species of tobacco. The head of the
lab was Barry Commoner


who was woking on genetics. Unfortunately, he thought that RNA was the
key. So, he decided not to waste much research on DNA. And there went
his chance to discover the double helix. Woe worth the day!


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