The bloom isn't off this ancient plant

Fruit preserved more than 30,000 years in Siberia’s permafrost yields a living flower

5:48pm, February 21, 2012

A flower that last bloomed while mammoths walked the Earth has been reborn, regenerated from a piece of fruit frozen in Siberian permafrost.

It’s the oldest flowering plant ever grown from preserved tissue, Russian scientists report online February 21 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. David Gilichinsky, who led the team at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ research institute in Pushchino, died just before the paper was released.

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