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32,000-year-old frozen plant reborn
February 21, 2012 | 28 comments
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Russian researchers have revived a prehistoric plant from the remains of a 32,000-year-old frozen fruit.
The fruit was found buried in the fossilized burrows of ancient squirrels within the Siberian ice. The plant is the oldest viable multicellular living organism and also the first plant to have ever been returned to life from the permafrost. Scientists are hoping that they may be able to revive other frozen organisms in the same way.
Using a horticulture technique called micropropagation, researchers grew the plant from fruit tissue in a test tube of nutrients. The ones that grew roots were transferred into pots with soil and light, where they developed flowers and seeds.
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