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Present in algae before plants conquered dry land, the LEAFY protein plays today an essential role in the beauty of the plant world: it governs the formation of flowers. We  managed to trace its history and to elucidate the evolutionary mechanism that allowed LEAFY to orchestrate floral morphogenesis. This mechanism has been revealed through the discovery of an ancient intermediate form of the protein that has lasted until today in a moss-related species.
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