The Chinese team modified the chemical signature of pollen from one genus (Arabidopsis thaliana) to dupe the female from another (Arabidopsis thaliana) into recognising it as her own. She then guided the pollen tube into her ovule. This screenshot shows the tube seeking its target. Credit: Chinese Academy of Sciences

Brave new plant world? Chinese scientists smash reproductive barrier between genera for first time, but critics warn of playing god

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The Chinese team modified the chemical signature of pollen from one genus (Arabidopsis thaliana) to dupe the female from another (Arabidopsis thaliana) into recognising it as her own. She then guided the pollen tube into her ovule. This screenshot shows the tube seeking its target. Credit: Chinese Academy of Sciences
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