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Scientists have grown a tree from what may be the oldest seed ever germinated.
The new sapling was sprouted from a 2,000-year-old date palm excavated in Masada, the site of a cliff-side fortress in Israel where ancient Jews are said to have killed themselves to avoid capture by Roman invaders.
Carbon dating revealed that they date from roughly the time of the ancient fortress' siege, in A.D. 73
The new date plant may hold the key to rediscovering ancient healing techniques.