Chocolate could be combating heart disease and conferring other major health benefits within five years.
"Chocolate will become something quite different in 10-15 years and we are on that track now," he said, according to a University of California release. "It is not something we can deliver tomorrow, but maybe in five years we can." Shapiro persuaded Mars Incorporated to fund the $10 million project to decode the genome, with the help of computer firm IBM, which analysed the data, and the US Department of Agriculture. Shapiro and his team are now searching the cocoa tree`s 34,997 genes in the attempt to select key traits that will improve the plants and the chocolate that comes from them. IANS
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