Genome of 'Chocolate' Tree Sequenced

Air Date: 09/15/2010
Source:
NBC News
Creator:
Al Roker
Air/Publish Date:
09/15/2010
Event Date:
09/15/2010
Resource Type:
News Report
Copyright:
NBCUniversal Media, LLC.
Copyright Date:
09/15/2010
Clip Length:
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This short 2010 news brief announces the sequencing of the genome of the cacao tree. Cacao seeds are used to make chocolate.

Genome of ‘Chocolate’ Tree Sequenced

AL ROKER, reporting

It’s taken years, but scientists with candy maker Mars, have been able to sequence the entire gnome of the cacao tree. Seeds from the cacao tree, of course, are used to make chocolate. Mars hopes the new information will someday lead to more robust trees that are resistant to drought and disease. Cacao trees are usually quite vulnerable to disease and fungi.

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