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By Franklin Briceno The Associated Press

In lab simulating harsh Mars climate, a nascent potato grows

LIMA, Peru — In a lab in the Peruvian capital of Lima, a simulator mimicking the harsh conditions found on Mars now contains a hint of life: a nascent potato plant.

After experimenting in the Andean nation’s dry, desert soil, scientists have successfully grown a potato in frigid, high carbon-dioxide surroundings.