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Scientists Revived a 30,000 Year Old Extinct Flower:

Scientists Revived a 30,000 Year Old Extinct Flower:

Scientists Revived a 30,000 Year Old Extinct Flower:

Silene stenophylla is a species of flowering plant in the family Caryophyllaceae. Commonly called narrow-leafed campion, it is a species in the genus Silene. It grows in the Arctic tundra of far eastern Siberia and the mountains of Northern Japan. Frozen samples, estimated via radiocarbon dating to be around 32,000 years old, were discovered in the same area as current living specimens; and in 2012, a team claimed to have successfully regenerated a plant from the samples.

The flower is called Silene stenophylla, and thanks to a team of Russian scientists, it is the oldest plant ever to be regenerated. The regeneration has been so successful that the flower can easily produce viable seeds and grow. The regeneration process was made possible by a piece of fruit and seeds that were stuck in Siberian permafrost, containing the makeup for Silene stenophylla. 

In February 2012, a team of scientists from the Institute of Cell Biophysics of the Russian Academy of Sciences announced they had successfully regenerated specimens from fruit that had been frozen for 31,800 (±300) years according to radiocarbon dating. It seems the experiment also proved that permafrost can serve as a natural preserver for ancient life forms. The regeneration of this flower has been a bit of a watershed, as it’s now paved the way for further plant regenerations and has opened the door for further research into permafrost as a biological preserver. 

All of this was possible thanks to a squirrel that burrowed into the ground to leave some food. Svetlana Yashina, who led the regeneration team, says that the flower looks much like its modern counterpart, and has adapted very well into nature. The team hopes that animal tissue is in the future of regeneration. 

Meril Jeffery John.J

Meril Jeffery John.J

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