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Studying the genes of sweet potatoes shows Pacific Islanders visited The Americas at least 500 years before Columbus. What is even cooler? You can also show this voyage across the Pacific just by plotting local names of the crop on a map.
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James Wong Feb 7
Replying to @Botanygeek
Just in case that wasn't enough plant awesomeness: These sweet potato strains are all transgenic, containing bacterial genes inserted into them via infection. As this only occurs in cultivated forms, it suggests we may have specifically selected the transgenic type for a reason
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James Wong Feb 7
Replying to @Botanygeek
Just in case you wanna read more, here's the original paper that the amazing map is from.
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