Standing Out

If you saw yesterday’s post you might recognize this flower. Is it really the exact same tulip that Katie is holding? Only the tulip knows.

But, like dandelions, this tulip is a genetic clone. It is an exact duplicate of all the other lavender tulips that came in the package of bulbs my wife planted. That’s what you get when you have self-pollination and asexual reproduction. Humans, on the other hand, are a rich and varied species. Human duplication (I’m trying not to use the word “sex” here) is a little less convenient but the results are worth it.

Which is to say that I’m glad I’m not a tulip. . .

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