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Stellaria mcclintockiae

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Source: TH

 Context: A new plant species, Stellaria mcclintockiae, was discovered in Kerala’s Nelliyampathy hills and named after Nobel laureate Barbara McClintock (e for her discovery of Jumping Genes. This is the first Stellaria species reported from South India. The annual herb, found at elevations of 1,250-1,400 meters, has unique petals, pollen, bracts, sepals, and seeds.


About Jumping Genes

Jumping genes, or transposable elements, are DNA sequences that move within the genome, activating or deactivating nearby genes. They can replicate and insert copies at new locations, causing genetic mutations and contributing to genome evolution.