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Researchers Find Novel Way Plants Pass Traits to Next Generation

March 26, 2013

Jay Hollick New research explains how certain traits can pass down from one generation to the next--at least in plants--without following the accepted rules of genetics. Scientists have shown that an enzyme in corn responsible for reading information from DNA can prompt unexpected changes in gene activity--an example of epigenetics. Full Story

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