Lab Girl - Part Three: Flowers and Fruit, Chapters 12-14 Summary & Analysis

Hope Jahren
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In Chapter 12, Jahren arrived at the lab to find Bill already there. She can tell at a glance that he was there all night and that he had something important to tell her. He told her about a specific plant in their current experiment. The plant was dubbed C-6. As part of their experiment, a video camera was set up to capture the movement of plants as lights were turned on at specific hours. All the plants “stretched smoothly and gracefully toward the light,” while C-6 “jerked” as if it was trying to free itself. Jahren and Bill had moved the plant to different spots under the light with different plants nearby. But, it always reacted the same.

They named the plant “Twist and Shout” and altered their experiment. The plant died an early death when Bill suffered...

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