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Plant's Genetic Repairs Astound Scientists

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Plant's Genetic Repairs Astound Scientists

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Plant's Genetic Repairs Astound Scientists

Plant's Genetic Repairs Astound Scientists

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In a surprising finding that challenges the conventional rules of inheritance, scientists have shown that the cress plant arabidopsis can overwrite the genetic code it inherits from its parents and revert to that of its grandparents or even great grandparents. Scientists say they now hope to learn whether this is just an aberration, or something that could be happening in other plants and even animals.

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