Ginkgo 'living fossil' genome decoded

Ginkgo 'living fossil' genome decoded
 

The Ginkgo tree has had its genetic code laid bare by researchers.
The tree is famed for being a “living fossil” - a term used to describe those organisms that have experienced very little change over millions of years.
In the case of the species Ginkgo biloba, there are specimens preserved in the rock record from 270 million years ago, in the Permian Period.
The Chinese-led research team says the new information should help to explain the tree’s evolutionary success.
Its resilience is legendary: it was one of the few living things to survive the atomic bomb blast in the Japanese city of... read more

 
21 November 2016 in World News, Views: 48
Source: BBC
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