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Why Do Humans Have Less DNA Than This Flower?


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It won't make Jurassic Park a reality, but scientists have discovered 419 million-year-old DNA intact inside ancient salt deposits. The genetic material, the oldest ever found, belongs to salt-loving bacteria whose ancestors may have been among the first life forms on Earth.”

World's Largest Genome Belongs to Slow Growing Mountain Flower
“It is an unremarkable and rather fragile plant, but a flowering herb that frustrates gardeners for being notoriously difficult to grow has stunned scientists after they discovered it has the world's largest genome. The DNA contained within Paris japonica dwarves all other plant and animal genomes that have been analysed so far.”

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