Coffee Genome Reveals Why Your Java Smells So Good

September 5, 2014 12:52 PM

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Coffee Genome Reveals Why Your Java Smells So Good

Not all caffeine is created equal. Researchers recently sequenced the genome of the coffee plant and found the caffeine in your morning cup evolved independently from caffeine found in other plants.

The study based on the genome sequencing helps explain how and why the coffee plant might have started producing caffeine in the first place. It also explores coffee's other likable features, such as its eye-opening aroma and its distinctly bitter taste. And like many exercises in genome sequencing,...

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