How Romanesco cauliflower grows spiraling fractal cones

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    Spirals of swirling green cones are a striking feature of a head of Romanesco cauliflower. Those spirals also form a fractal pattern — a set of shapes that repeats itself on multiple scales. Researchers have now pinpointed the genes that underlie this stunning structure. Tweaks to the same genes caused a common lab plant to also exhibit the fractal pattern.

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