Good news for apple lovers, linguistics nerds, and other supporters of Kazakhstan: an international team of geneticists has traced the origin of all apples to the mountains of southern Kazakhstan.
The report, published in the journal Nature Genetics, reveals that a wild apple plant known as Malus sieversii gave birth to modern-day apples tens of millions of years ago. It also suggests that the same cataclysm that killed the dinosaurs some 60 million years ago triggered a genetic response in the apple that allowed it to survive. (You have to pay for the full article in Nature Genetics, but a bit more on the apple’s genetic fortitude can be found here.)
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