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A rare white flower from Japan, the Paris japonica, has been found to have the longest genome in the world, reports Associated Press's Raphael Satter. Researchers at Kew Gardens in London, who published their findings in Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, say the flower has a genetic code 50 times longer than that of a human being.

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