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Meet the genes in the beans of your coffee

Meet the genes in the beans of your coffee

Wake up and smell the genome. Researchers have pieced together the genetic atlas of the parent of the most commonly cultivated species of coffee plant and uncovered a rather independent streak in its evolution. ----------- FOR THE RECORD An earlier version of this post said 39 countries had exported 5.3 metric tons of coffee last year. Those countries exported 5.3 million metric tons. -----------  Coffee developed its caffeine-generating capacity independently from its cousin, cacao, according to the first whole genome study of the plant behind the brew quaffed every morning by about 100 million Americans, published online Thursday in the journal Science. There’s...