Tomatoes Are More Complex Than Humans
You’ve likely been in an argument with someone over a tomato. It is a fruit or vegetable? Does it taste the best in a sandwich or as a pasta sauce? The delicious, juicy red fruit is found in a variety of dishes around the entire world. Technically, tomatoes have over 35,000 genes. Humans have 20,000 genes. The tiny fruits have 15,000 more genes than humans do. Researchers at Missouri State University discovered that tomatoes likely have more genes because they have at least two genome triplications, which resulted in additional replications of the genes. But why tomatoes require more genes than humans remains a mystery and has baffled scientists for hundreds of years (The Standard).