May 2, 2017 | Elly, Exhibitions Developer, Science Museum

Whether it's with your breakfast toast or a biscuit in the afternoon, tea is something lots of us are very familiar with.

Scientists are helping us get to know this plant a little better. The entire genome - that's all the DNA that makes up the plant - has been sequenced for the first time.

The huge task took five years. Its results will allow us to study tea's unique flavour, and could be helpful for researchers looking at plant-based medicines.

When I have my next cuppa I'll definitely think a little harder about what's hidden inside.

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The tea plant genome is four times the size of the coffee plant genome.

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