November 22, 2012
The Tomato Decoded
The tomato, whose genome has been decoded, possesses 31,760 genes. This rich legacy—possibly a reflection of the disaster that killed off the dinosaurs—is some 7,000 more genes than that of a human being, and presents a complex puzzle to scientists who hope to understand its secrets.
A consortium of plant geneticists from 14 countries has spent nine years decoding the tomato genome in the hope of breeding better ones. The scientists sequenced…