August 8, 2011

Why Cloned Plants Are Not Identical

University of Oxford, University of Oxford


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A new study of plants that are reproduced by ‘cloning’ has shown why cloned plants are not identical.

Scientists have known for some time that ‘clonal’ (regenerant) organisms are not always identical: their observable characteristics and traits can vary, and this variation can be passed on to the next generation. This is despite the fact that they are derived from genetically identical founder cells.

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TAGGED: Mutation, Cloning, Plants

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