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Sex without seed. Seed without sex. It’s been said that the greatest gift of science to humankind would be achieving those two goals.
Effective contraceptives such as the pill have pretty much nailed the first goal.
Our findings, published recently in Science, could be significant pieces of the puzzle for the second.
That’s because by helping solve one of the fundamental questions in the evolution of plants, we may also have brought closer the possibility of cloning a plant with good traits through easy-to-distribute seeds, rather than cuttings.
View the original article here: Seeds without sex – some racy findings on the cloning of plants