Scientists discover 'jumping genes' determine cabbage's exterior

The genetic differences between pointed cabbage and cauliflower are greater than those between humans and chimpanzees. Nevertheless, they are considered the same species. Researchers from Wageningen and China mapped the extensive genetic variation of cabbage (Brassica oleracea) to enable more targeted breeding, for example, to create crops with a higher nutritional value or that are more resilient against disease. The study is published in Nature Genetics.

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