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UnDisciplined: The Wetland Ecologist And The Forest Biotechnologist

This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about how genes impact plant growth, but from two very different perspectives. 

Steve Strauss studies ways genetic manipulation can make poplar trees grow faster for economic purposes. 

Karin Kettenring studies how gene flow impacts our ability to restore wetlands for environmental purposes. 

Together, we'll talk about genetic engineering, duck gizzards, and hopefully do some problem-solving along the way. 

Matthew LaPlante has reported on ritual infanticide in Northern Africa, insurgent warfare in the Middle East, the legacy of genocide in Southeast Asia, and gang violence in Central America. But a few years back, something donned on him: Maybe the news doesn't have to be brutally depressing all the time. Today, he balances his continuing work on more heartbreaking subjects by writing books about the intersection of science, human health and society, including Inheritance with geneticist Sharon Moalem and the Nautilus Award-winning Longevity Plan with cardiologist John Day. His forthcoming book, Superlative, will look at what scientists are learning by studying organisms that have evolved in record-setting ways.