The Thanksgiving Genome

Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers!

In honor of the holiday, I’m posting a link to an old piece of mine–a slideshow about the genomes of many of the ingredients that make up a traditional Thanksgiving meal. As I wrote in the introduction to the slideshow, which appeared in Discover in 2010:

This year when we sit down to our Thanksgiving feasts, we can do more than just salivate. As we enjoy our turkey, we can appreciate not just its juicy flesh and crisp skin, but marvel at its remarkable genome, with its 80 chromosomes (humans have 46) and strange, disease-causing mutations. A draft of the genetic sequence of this holiday bird was released in September, and it’s not alone: Many other foods that will grace our harvest tables have also had their ingredients sequenced. Here, a guide to the DNA of your Turkey Day dinner.

You can check the full slideshow out here.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

Image:  U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons

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