Wikipedia:Picture of the day/January 17, 2006

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Various cultivars of Maize cobs

Maize is a cereal grain that was domesticated in Mesoamerica. Maize is grown in variety of cultivars, with many traditional varieties having predominantly blue colored ears, also known as blue corn.

In 1983, Barbara McClintock received the Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovery of transposons while studying maize. Maize is still an important model organism for genetics and developmental biology today.

Photo credit: Asbestos
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