Why Heinz Never Goes Bad

Tougher than a T-Rex.
Tougher than a T-Rex. Photo: iStockphoto

“Usually the triplication of a genome would be a considerable handicap, saddling a plant with three times as much DNA as it needs. But this event occurred around the time of the catastrophe in which the dinosaurs perished, and the extra genetic versatility may have been a lifesaver.” —Tomatoes apparently survived the extinction event that killed off all the dinosaurs. Raptors ain’t got shit on ketchup. [NYT]