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‘Lab Girl’ invites readers into hidden world of plants

Entertaining memoir also chronicles career of Hope Jahren

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8:00am, June 26, 2016
Hope Jahren

AN OPEN BOOK  Hope Jahren details her life in science, and the lives of plants, in Lab Girl

Lab Girl
Hope Jahren
Knopf, $26.95

The first, tiny root that emerges from a baby plant can make it or break it.

Anchor to a good patch of ground, and the plant can thrive for decades. Set up someplace else, without enough water or sunshine, and all may be lost.

The odds of a single rootlet mooring itself to just the right spot of soil are more than a million to one, writes geobiologist Hope Jahren. “The gamble is everything, and losing means death.”

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