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Brazilians decode coffee genome 
      By Steve Kingstone 
      BBC correspondent, Sao Paulo  
Scientists in Brazil have decoded the genetic structure of the country's =
best-known product, coffee. 
The success of a two-year government project was announced on Tuesday by =
the country's agriculture minister. 
Roberto Rodrigues said an extraordinary horizon had opened up - and the =
coffee would taste even better as a result. 
He proclaimed that Brazil would use the genetic code to create a =
super-coffee, richer in taste, more aromatic and resistant to disease =
and frost. 
Competition boost 
Suddenly, scientists know an awful lot about coffee in Brazil. 
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," Mr 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. 
If that boast rings true, Brazil will move even further ahead of its =
competitors. 
Already, the country accounts for a third of the world's coffee =
production. 
The government will not make these findings available internationally =
for at least two years. 
Story from BBC NEWS:http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/science/nature/3553950.stm


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