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Cultivated papaya owes a lot to the ancient Maya, research suggests

Cultivated papaya owes a lot to the ancient Maya, research suggests

A genetic study of papaya sex chromosomes reveals that the hermaphrodite version of the plant, which is of most use to growers, arose as a result of human selection, most likely by the ancient Maya some 4,000 years ago.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015