21 Feb '12, 2pm

A flower from the Ice Age has bloomed, after 30,000 years

MOSCOW - It was an Ice Age squirrel's treasure chamber, a burrow containing fruit and seeds that had been stuck in the Siberian permafrost for more than 30,000 years. From the fruit tissues, a team of Russian scientists managed to resurrect an entire plant in a pioneering experiment that could pave the way to the possible resurrection of Ice Age mammals. "If we are lucky, we can find some frozen squirrel tissue," said Dr Stanislav Gubin, one of the authors of the study. "And this path could lead us all the way to mammoth." The Silene stenophylla (picture) is the oldest plant ever to be regenerated, the researchers said, and it is fertile, producing white flowers and viable seeds. Canadian researchers had earlier regenerated some significantly younger plants from seeds found in burrows. The Russian experiment proves that permafrost serves as a natural depository for ancient...

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