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When I was in high school biology was one of my favorite subjects, but I didn't quite realize it. I simply loved learning all of the facts about living things as I had since I was a kid. I'd had tons of favorite animals and a big binder with fact sheets on exotic animals. I loved being taken to the zoo, the botanic garden, the aquarium and got to see a lot of special collections and beautiful species. My biology classes just taught me even more. In biology, I got to extract DNA from onions and seeing the little fluffy white puff form and knowing that this stuff was what made up, what had the coded directions for all living things, makes me shiver to this day. I loved doing reports about genetic diseases because I find tracing lineages and understanding heritability so interesting.
When we started the chapter on plant biology the class groaned, they only cared about animals. But I was excited to learn about flower structures and vascular systems so different from my own, and, most importantly, the magic of solar power. The literal inverse of our own metabolism, plants MAKE themselves out of CO2, our waste product, and light, which constantly flows freely from the sun. By the end of the class I had realized that I was good at biology and that I was excited for the class every day, and that I preferred plants and genetics to animals. I disliked with the smell of formaldihyde and the scalpels struggling to slice through a cow heart or fetal pig or frog belly and reveal the tiny, oddly shaped organs inside.
Plant cells snap crisply and are dissected with crisp razors, you can hold them in your hand and see everything you need in the delicate folds of the petals and measure angles of bending stems and leaves, pull up the roots, wash and examine them before repotting. High school is when I started to fall in love with the clean, different elegance of plant biology and genetics.