Can plants get cancer?

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Can plants get cancer?
« on: 11/08/2009 11:30:03 »
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Hi, I was wondering if plants can get cancer?

What do you think?

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Can plants get cancer?
« Reply #1 on: 11/08/2009 11:41:44 »
Root vegetables can develope a sort of cancerous growth, but unlike in animals, the growth cannot spread throughout the plant because of the tough cell walls.

I believe these growths are caused by infected soil.
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« Reply #2 on: 12/08/2009 21:41:31 »
Agrobacterium Tumefaciens (or Ground Bacteria that makes tumors) can cause tumor growth on plants and trees. The Tumor mass is undifferentiated callus tissue.
A. Tumefaciens has a plasmid, that is used widely in the biotech world to genetically alter plants.

But as far as real metastasing cancer goes, i don't think plants can have that. It can only get multiple tumors by multiple infections.
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« Reply #3 on: 12/08/2009 21:54:42 »
I can't believe you've got the gall to ask that question.

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« Reply #4 on: 13/08/2009 07:58:54 »
I can't believe you've got the gall to ask that question.



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