GET OUTTA TOWN: From The Daily Beast

29 Feb

32,000-Year-Old Dead Plant Revived
The narrow-leafed campion sure looks good for being dead for 32,000 years. The Arctic flower—stored by a squirrel in a burrow in Siberia, and permanently frozen until uncovered a few years ago—was used by Russian scientists to grow a plant. The researchers took cells from the plant’s placenta (the organ inside the fruit that produces seeds) and grew them in culture dishes. If the study’s radiocarbon dating is to be trusted (it will most definitely be quadruple-checked by an independent group), this will be the oldest plant ever to be grown from ancient tissue. What will scientists do next? Study evolution in real time using the old and new campion plants.

Read it on the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/21/science/new-life-from-an-arctic-flower-that-died-32000-years-ago.html

Originally Published: February 20, 2012 8:12 PM

One Response to “GET OUTTA TOWN: From The Daily Beast”

  1. Mary Lou Donahoe February 29, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    Mr. Bairstow, I read this article too. Interestingly there are many other articles on many recent European newspapers about revival of entire forests from the past as being discovered under glaciers and lakes in Russia. As a matter fact, a Spanish newspaper today published they discovered a mega bug ( a tick?) from the Jurassic time. I am cautious about these discoveries. Although interesting, I personally think we have evolved and although it is important to look at history to find solace and lessons for present times, caution should be taken as to not to find ourselves looking into unnecessary troubles. I read all these articles and I think of evolution, I also feel a need for caution. We do not know of what transformations they could unleash and we may not be prepared to handle. No doubt we are living interesting times.

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