Brazilian scientists have decoded the genome of the coffee plant, according to the BBC. Bully for them! But…
Having studied 200,000 strands of DNA, they have identified 35,000 coffee genes, a combination of which gives the drink its aroma and flavour.
“We are going to create a super-coffee that everyone can benefit from eventually,” [the agriculture minister Roberto Rodrigues] told reporters in Brasilia.
He said this would be achieved naturally through cross-pollination of coffee plants and not through genetic modifications in a laboratory.
200,000 strands of DNA, huh? Each one hand-picked and roasted to perfection, I bet. And the flavour of those genes! Cafezinho, genezinho, as long as they love their mother…
And isn’t it wonderful how DNA sequencing suddenly lets coffee pollinate itself?