04/25/2014

Serving Up the Origins of the Chicken and Chili Pepper

17:24 minutes

Chickens and chili peppers are staples of the modern-day menu. Scientists are now combining genetics and linguistics to find out how these animals and plants were transformed to their current form. Evolutionary biologist Greger Larson and plant scientist Paul Gepts discuss the domestication process.

Segment Guests

Greger Larson

Greger Larson is director of the Palaeogenomics and Bio-Archaeology Research Network and a professor of Archaeology at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England.

Paul Gepts

Paul Gepts is a professor and plant scientist at the University of California, Davis in Davis, California.

Meet the Producer

About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim is a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.