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In PLOS Biology, researchers from Nanjing University and the University of Bath propose mutation rate differences between longer- and shorter-lived plant tissues. The team did genome sequencing on more than 750 tissue samples from plants from eight species, demonstrating that root tissues tend to have more pronounced mutation rates than corresponding shoot tissues — at least in the perennial plant species tested.

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