Flowering Plants Owe their Success to Downsized DNA

A new study by SF State Professor of Biology Kevin Simonin shows that during a critical period in history, flowering plants downsized their genomes, allowing them to make smaller cells and build leaves with more delicate and complicated structures. That innovation likely gave them the edge they needed to spread around the world. The paper, published in PLoS Biology, was covered by BBC News, Quanta Magazine, Inverse, IFL Science, KQED and others.