News From the Field
Some Plants Duplicate Their DNA to Overcome Adversity
August 1, 2011
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Whatever does not kill a plant may actually make it stronger. After being partially eaten by grazing animals, for example, some plants grow bigger and faster and reproduce more successfully than they otherwise would. In a new study, researchers report that one secret to these plants' post-traumatic triumph lies in their ability to duplicate their chromosomes--again and again--without undergoing cell division.Full Story
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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