Maxine Singer received her Ph.D. in 1957 from Yale. She worked on RNA enzymology and the genetic code at the National Institutes of Health. Later, work on defective simian virus 40 genomes led to studies of highly repeated primate DNA and the discovery of a human transposable element. From 1988 through 2002 she was president of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. A member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, she chaired the Academies' Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy, 1999-2005. She served on the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, and the Journal of Biological Chemistry and Science magazine. Maxine has received the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award (1988), the National Medal of Science (1992) and the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences (2007). She is a life member of the International Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Introduction PART I: What Plants are and What They Can Do 1. Names 2. Plants are like animals only different 3. Sensing the Environment PART II: How Genes Work 4. How Genes Work 5. Switching Genes On and Off PART III: Time To Flower 6. Growing Up Green 7. Warm and Cold 8. Light and Dark PART IV: Shaping a Flower 9. The Construction Site 10. Special Shapes PART V: Decorating a Flower 11. Painting the Petals 12. The Perfume Factory A Final Word Glossary