This Week in Nature

In this week's Nature, researchers from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the University of Cambridge report on the discovery of the mechanism that underlies a key defect in certain oil palm trees. High-yield varieties of the tree are propagated to grow clones that are supplied to plantations. However, these tress can develop an epigenetic defect, called mantling, that results in abnormal fruit and a reduce oil yield.

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India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

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