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Re: Discussion on Origin of Sports


In a message dated 03/01/2001 1:12:01 AM Central Standard Time, 
halinar@open.org writes:

<<  Allowing for some minor 
 differences because of growth rate due to lower photosynthesis in the 
 non-green parts, these plants should pretty much look alike.  However, 
 we see many different sports showing up that have changes in addition 
 to the variegation patterns. >>

There might be a highly mutigenic gene that codes for more than one enzyme, I 
see that the human genome project has demonstrated a very strong possibility 
that one gene can produce a number of diffrent enzymes, the question is do 
the genes produce these diffrent enzymes at the same time or are they 
produced strictly dependent to the "age" of the cells.  Since diffrent 
enzymes are used to produce diffrent products one could conceivably see a 
change in diffrent areas of the plant from one change. Dependent on the 
physiological pathways effected.

Since there have also been found genes that have very consistent mutation 
rates, some of them relatively high, this could also play into the equation 
somehow too.

Paul
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