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Old 02-08-2011, 07:18 PM   #1
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Default Largest Genome Ever - And It's a Plant!

A researcher at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, England, has found a plant (the Japanese canopy plant, Paris japonica) whose genome has 150 billion base pairs—50 times as many as human DNA. If the DNA in a human cell were unraveled, it would stretch to two meters. A strand of DNA in the canopy plant would span 100 meters—the difference between a football player’s height and a football field’s length. .
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