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Hello! You are right, the tumor that you see in plants is called a gal. This growth does have cancer like properties in that it there is no growth inhibition but, unlike animal cells it is not caused by any gene function on the plants behalf. The abnormal growth is cause by a bacteria called Agrobacterium tumefaciens. This bacteria causes a disease called Crown Gal Diesease. This bacteria is also used in the biotechnology industry to introduce foreign genes into a plant creating transgenic organisms. The following site may be helpful to you http://helios.bto.ed.ac.uk/bto/microbes/crown.htm There are several links as well as some papers that have been cited that you may want to read. Good luck, Wendy
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