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Scientists in Israel grow date plants from 2,000-year-old seeds
Seeds found in Judean desert are male and female, leading to hopes of producing dates

It is not the first time the team have managed to grow ancient seeds: in 2008 they reported that they had germinated a 1,900-year-old Judean date palm seed from Masada – an ancient site extended by Herod the Great in the first century BC that looks out over the Dead Sea. That plant, a male, was named Methuselah after the oldest character in the Bible.

Sallon said the older seeds are genetically closer to present-day date varieties grown in the Arabian Gulf.
 
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