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Nikolay Vavilov (1887- 1943) was a seed collector, a botanist and a man of sterling reputation. As a Soviet scientist, he traversed the mountains, jungles and the arid plateaus of Afghanistan, Abyssinia, China, Central and South America. He was welcomed, and invited, into the botanical laboratories of Cambridge, and the experimental greenhouses’ run by the United States Department of Agriculture. His goal was to develop drought-resistant, high-yield cereal crops that would bring an end to famine. His tool was the application and insights of Mendelian genetics. Instead, he died of starvation imprisoned by the Soviet Gulag.

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