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Why did the passenger pigeon die out?

Why do species die out? This is the overarching question being asked by many leading researchers. Knowing more about what leads to a species becoming extinct could enable researchers to do something about it. The passenger ...

dateJan 11, 2018 in Plants & Animals
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The origin of flower-making genes

Flowering plants have evolved from plants without flowers. It is known that the function of several genes, called MADS-box genes, creates shapes peculiar to flowers such as stamens, pistils and petals. Plants that do not ...

dateJan 11, 2018 in Biotechnology
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An orchid that never blooms

A flower identified as Lecanorchis nigricans has been revealed to be a different identity, Lecanorchis nigricans var. patipetala. Both species are self-pollinating, but the flowers of the true L. nigricans never open.

dateJan 11, 2018 in Plants & Animals
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