Francine Rivers:  Variety in Creation

I love walking through the Fruit and Vegetable section of our local supermarket and looking at all the apples—Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala, Braeburn, Fuji—all different colours and all beautiful. Did you know there are 7,500 kinds of apples in the world?
Apples are very interesting.
Every seed in an apple contains genetic instructions for a completely new and different apple tree. Though it seems counter-intuitive, if you plant seeds from a Honeycrisp apple, the resulting tree will not produce Honeycrisp apples. The fruit could be large or small, tart or sweet, crisp or soft. The only way to reproduce one particular variety is to graft its branch onto another tree. This extreme variability is called heterozygosity, and this aspect of apples gives these trees the ability to make their home everywhere—from California to New Zealand or Kazakhstan. Every human being is unique, because we are heterozygous too.

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