Xinnian Dong chose to study plants in part because she’s uncomfortable with the alternative. She is fascinated by immunology, but the more obvious research models were not a good fit. “I feel squeamish working with animals, so I think plants are perfect,” she says. Thanks to that decision 20 years ago, today she is a pioneer in understanding how plant immunity works and spends her days probing the detailed mechanisms of plant–pathogen defense in her lab at Duke University.
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