Too awesome not to share. Jorge Cham has a wonderful comic strip about grad school called Ph.D, and he often has extended strips that discuss the state of research programs in the sciences, as when he talks about cancer or the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

But he has outdone himself here, showing a real-life grad student doing genetic research on pepper plants at New Mexico State University:

PHD Tales from the Road - NMSU's Chile Pepper Institute from PHD Comics on Vimeo.

By the way, my alma mater (CSU Fresno) has a research program involving pepper genetics as well: