Laboratory of Plant Genetics, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University
Jean-Henri Casimir Fabre
History celebrates the battlefields whereon we meet our death, but scorns to speak of the plowed fields whereby we thrive; it knows the names of the King’s bastards, but cannot tell us the origin of wheat.
The history of the earth is recorded in the layers of its crust; The history of all organisms is inscribed in the chromosomes.
I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.