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The Tomato Genome Decoded



The 35,000 genes of the tomato genome have been decoded by an international consortium, including a U.S.-based sequencing team led by adjunct professor of plant biology James Giovannoni, a scientist at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to Giovannoni, it’s a giant leap toward improving the yield, nutritional value, disease resistance, and taste of the tomato.