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2007-09-28 12:00:00

PARIS -- Critics who praise the "complexity" of red Burgundy and Champagne are on target. A team of French and Italian researchers has mapped the genome of the pinot noir grape, used to make bubbly and many red wines from France's Burgundy region and around the world - and it has about 30,000 genes in its DNA. That's more than the human genome, which contains some 20,000 to 25,000 genes. The team published its findings in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature, saying it identified the nearly...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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