Science: Seeds of Lite

There is a recurrent journalistic fable that grains of wheat taken from ancient Egyptian tombs have grown into new wheat plants. Scientists take no stock in it. The maximum length of time in which wheat grains retain their germinating power is well established as about 25 years. In cases where people have made the experiment in good faith and obtained positive results, it is probable that they were bubbled by fakers who sold them modern wheat for ancient.

The Thompson Institute of Botanical Research at Yonkers, N. Y., founded with a $3,000,000 endowment by...

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