Ode To Arabidopsis

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A tribute to role Arabidopsis thaliana plays in plant genetics research. A metaphor for the lack of limelight science gets in the media.

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A Musicians fave plant's supposed to be marijuana
But I prefer A dot thaliana
Unravelling DNA and all the drama
that entails

A model organism standing alone
With your 5 delectable chromosones
Your genes provide a knockout selection
That I just wanna grow

Why are there no pop hits / about arabidopsis
And all the hard work you doooo for plant science
noone knows your story / roses get the glory
but lets celebrate you in these modern times

The basis of so many papers
the science you inspire will go on 'n shape us
Working on in quiet
that's just the way you are

That the public don't know you, that's unfair
But they can get your genome, thanks to TAIR
at arabidopsis.org
all the info is there

Why are there no pop hits / about arabidopsis
And all the hard work you doooo for plant science
noone knows your story / roses get the glory
but lets celebrate you in these modern times

A girls favourite flower is of the genus rosa
But a man who gives you those is just a poser
I wanna woman who knows the
ideas that mustard seeds

A hundred years from now they'll forget these days
How your 100 million plus base pairs paved the way
helping scientists investigate
the function of genes in the DNA
Chorus

Why are there no pop hits / about arabidopsis
And all the hard work you doooo for plant science
noone knows your story / roses get the glory
but lets celebrate you in these modern times

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from Giant Leaps, released February 29, 2012
Performed by Professor Karmadillo, backing vocals Kate Fleet

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