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Plant Viruses from Past Provide Ecological Clues


October 8, 2007

grass Avena Fatua Taking the medical history of a grassland may seem a bit esoteric. However, scientists have discovered plant viruses from as early as 1917 containing information crucial not only for plant scientists, but for those in ecology, human health and bioterrorism. Full Story

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