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  1. #1 Plant grown from 32K year old seed 
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    The discovery of viable seeds after so long could result in a whole new search for old seeds for comparison with current ones.

    "Living plants have been generated from the fruit of a little arctic flower, the narrow-leafed campion, that died 32,000 years ago, a team of Russian scientists reports. The fruit was stored by an arctic ground squirrel in its burrow on the tundra of northeastern Siberia and lay permanently frozen until excavated by scientists a few years ago. "
    If some seed can survive long enough to make it between interglacials, it would speed up recolonization of formerly tundra areas as climate warms.

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    I hope the genomes of these plants get sequenced quite soon so that they can be compared to their modern day descendants. It could provide an interesting insight into jusy how much evolution, at the molecular level, has happened in the intervening years.

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