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Scientists Find Gene Behind Ripe, Tasteless Tomatoes
2012-06-29 05:38:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers at University of California Davis and Cornell University have unraveled the mystery behind those tasteless tomatoes in your salad that lack sweetness and flavor yet look perfectly ripe. Ironically, it turns out the same genetic change that causes the tomatoes to ripen uniformly also make them produce less sugar, making them somewhat tasteless, the scientists said in their study published Friday in the journal Science....

Scientists Sequence Tomato Genome
2012-05-30 13:56:30

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com If you ever wondered what makes the sauce on a pizza taste so good, wonder no more because scientists have unraveled the genetic make-up of a tomato. Scientists report in the journal Nature that they have performed a full genome sequence from the "Heinz 1706" tomato. The researchers say that tomatoes possess about 35,0000 genes arranged on 12 chromosomes. "For any characteristic of the tomato, whether it's taste, natural pest resistance or nutritional...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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