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Jumping Gene Enabled Key Step in Corn Domestication


September 25, 2011

illustration of the wild grass teosinte and corn In seeking to better understand how teosinte gave rise to corn, a scientific team has pinpointed one of the key genetic changes that paved the way for corn's domestication. Full Story

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