Plants can get cancer

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Yes. Crown galls are a kind of plant cancer, caused by the bac­terium Agrobac­terium tume­fa­ciens. This causes un­con­trolled growth of plant cells around the in­fec­tion, just like a tu­mour. Other tu­mours can be trig­gered by fungi or phys­i­cal dam­age. But plant cells are an­chored in place by the cell walls, so plant can­cers never spread far or metas­ta­sise to other tis­sues.

Agrobac­terium tume­fa­ciens in ac­tion

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