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A flexible "e-book" that can be viewed as an app, a website, or a printable PDF. The interactive e-book uses over 150 animations, photographs, illustrations, interviews, and a time-lapse video to tell the story of the development of maize, from domestication, hybrid vigor, genome sequencing, and transposons, to genetic modification and biofortification of modern maize.
Weed to Wonder shows the continuity of research on corn – from Native American agriculturalists to modern breeders, corn geneticists, plant physiologists, and molecular biologists – that culminated in the Maize Genome Sequencing Project in 2009. The e-book revolves around footage from Mexico, interviews with prominent scientists, and animations of different approaches to sequencing the maize genome.

The history of maize research is brought to life through reconstructions of George Shull and Barbara McClintock’s work at Cold Spring Harbor, rare photographs, and links to original publications and artifacts. The e-book also includes a time-lapse video of growing maize plants – from germination, through growth spurts, to pollination, senescence, and harvest.

What’s New

Version 1.0.24

Weed to Wonder 2014 update includes compatibility with iOS 8 and minor edits to content.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Puzzle player 2012 ,

Modern book

This is what a modern books should look like. The interactivity is wonderful! They did a great job telling about the topic in an interesting way, but even if you are not interested in the topic it is worth downloading just to experience a well made interactive book.

frosty0_10 ,

Was a great app

This app was great when I first got it, but now it goes blank whenever I try to open it. Maybe it is just my ipad, but I can no longer use this app. The Weed to Wonder website is still very good and I think is is much the same as the app was. The information is very interesting if the app works for you.


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
61.8 MB

Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory


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