Worlds largest genome in slow-growing plant

An unremarkable and a slow-growing plant has left the scientists stunned with the sheer size of its genome, which is 50 times bigger than that of our species.

It is an unprepossessing, fragile plant, and a flowering herb that frustrates gardeners for being notoriously difficult to grow.

The DNA in Paris japonica dwarves all other plant and animal genomes that have been analysed so far, reports the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society.

It is much longer than the human genome, even though our species is thought to be one of the most complex and advanced on the planet, according to the Telegraph.

A genome, the biological code that directs how every organism develops, is made up of the DNA found inside almost all living cells.

The slow-growing plant, native to the Japanese island of Honshu, also found in gardens in Britain, boasts more than 150 billion base pairs - the basic building block that links together to form DNA - in its genome. Humans have just three billion base for more


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