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Natural GM: how plants and animals steal genes from other species to accelerate evolution

By Luke Dunning, Natural Environment Research Council Independent Research Fellow, University of Sheffield
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Little did biologist Gregor Mendel know that his experiments with sweet peas in a monastery garden in Brno, Czech Republic, would lay the foundations for our understanding of modern genetics and inheritance. His work in the 19th century helped scientists to establish that parents pass their genetic information onto their offspring, and in turn, they pass it on to theirs.

Indeed, this…

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