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Old 02-05-2010, 07:26 PM   #158 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by jeffreyp View Post
Maybe some growth factors or something similar is shared when two corms are fused together?
Since plants are rooted and not able to move about they are able to cultivate a continuous and plastic developmental system and are able to adapt to an assortment of environmental surrounding. Because of the plant’s unique features there are several notable benefits to studying plant stem cells. First, the plants cells are fixed into the cell wall making it easy to trace the pattern of cell division during the development of the cell. Second, plants have an adjustable developmental system which allows them to morph to their existing environment. This makes it easy to the specialized parts and functions of a plant. With biochemical change of many genes in stem cell maintenance death in the embryonic stage of cell development does not occur, therefore genetic approaches can be used to study stem cells.

Stem cell research in humans raises many ethical issues, but with plants these issues do not prevail. Cloning has been happening for decades with plants and the assistance of humans. Many people “clone” plants in their gardens and for scientist they can do the same in a laboratory. This is an advantage for the science industry in observing plant stem cells. Data can be collected and studied in different point of view
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