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Blowin’ in the wind
November 14th, 2015

Field of Corn

My brother recently wrote a blog post about GMOs on his science blog and it got me thinking about patented seeds blowing from one field to another.

Imagine you farmĀ a 100×100 yard square field with another 100×100 yard square field directly to your east. The field to your east has patented seeds and you’re worried about the seeds getting blown into your field. The wind is blowing from the northeast and carries a seed about 50 yards. If 9 seeds are released randomly from plants in your neighbor’s field today, what’s the probability that at least one of the seeds blows into your field?

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