Quote for Today: Hope Jahren

4820330400_ba87006ec3_z

After scientists broke open the coat of a lotus seed (Nelumbo nucifera) and coddled the embryo into growth, they kept the empty husk. When they radiocarbon-dated this discarded outer shell, they discovered that their seedling had been waiting for them within a peat bog in China for no less than two thousand years. This tiny seed had stubbornly kept up the hope of its own future while entire human civilizations rose and fell. And then one day this little plant’s yearning finally burst forth within a laboratory.
Hope Jahren, Lab Girl

Image: Inside a Lotus Flower © Katja Schulz with CCLicense

One thought on “Quote for Today: Hope Jahren

Leave a Reply