Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Seed mega-dormancy

In the news today was the story of Russian scientists who have grown a plant from seeds regenerated from 30,000-year-old frozen fruits, buried by ancient squirrels. This extends the record for seed longevity from a mere 2,000 years to over 30,000 years.

Of course if bad novels have taught me anything about reviving things frozen in ice they've probably also unleashed some ancient evil or at least called down the wrath of ancient squirrels. We all knew the world was going to end in 2012 we just didn't expect ancient squirrels to be involved.

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