Ever wonder why the banana's seeds are non-existent? And why some fruits, like grapes, are also seedless? Amazingly, so have scientists for decades--and one researcher from UC Davis has finally cracked the code
According to Scientific American, it's a genetic mutation that causes such type of fruits. "This study gives us the molecular basis for seedlessness, which is the first time this has been done for a fruit plant," says UC Davis molecular biologist Charles Gasser.
Cool thing about the story: it says the purpose for seeds--to eventually turn into a plant, sure, but also to tell the fruit via emitted hormones to start growing. As Mel Allen would say, how about that?!
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