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Anyone who has farmed crop plants will know that not all of the plants that grow look alike. Biologists refer to such differences as natural variation. Using the plant Arabidopsis, Vincent is investigating whether epimutations contribute to natural variation. Epimutations, rather than altering the DNA sequence, chemically modify it or the proteins that interact with it, and thus, they have the advantage of being reversible. As plants are destined to remain in one place at the mercy of a constantly changing environment until they die, reversible epimutations would allow plants to adapt to their environment in a flexible manner.