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Scientists Decipher Genome of Coffee Plant

The genetic sequence of the coffee plant, Robusta, has been deciphered by an international team of scientists.  Robusta accounts for about one-third of the coffee consumed worldwide. By laying bare the plant’s genetic building blocks, researchers will be able to improve breeding as well as genetically modify it. Most surprising to geneticists was discovering the genes for caffeine.   Scientists have speculated the plant evolved a mechanism for producing caffeine to lure...

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