Just look at that banana genome Venn diagram


26 Responses to “Just look at that banana genome Venn diagram”

  1. hfredricks says:

    This looks like real science, could you give us the citation please Cory?

  2. hfredricks says:

    wow, Nature, respect. That real science! Those bio guys have all the cool figures.

  3. Lemoutan says:

    Couldn’t you just eat it up!

  4. Fang Xianfu says:

    I loved that the banana shape was included as a background, then I loved it even more when I realised it was part of the diagram!

  5. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    But what part of the diagram tells me, a Swing Voter, what part of the banana Obama promised and what part he delivered?

    • Lemoutan says:

      Somebody had to bring that up didn’t they. A guy abuses a diagrammatic convention only once, all hell breaks loose and they never let him forget it. Hasn’t he suffered enough? Won’t somebody think of his children?

  6. Lemoutan says:

    The banana is perfectly adapted  to demonstrate a six component Venn diagram. This clearly cannot be an accident. I declare evolution falsified.

  7. planettom says:

    Periodically I see figures that we share 75% of our DNA with dogs, and 97% with chimps.    Apparently we share 50% to 60% with bananas.  

    • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

      My (admittedly layman’s) undertanding is that you are hard-pressed to have a functional eukaryotic metabolism without ~50% commonality with just about everything else that does(especially if the percentage numbers only count nuclear DNA, and thus obfuscate the difference between things with mitochondria and things with chloroplasts…)

      It’s actually pretty remarkable how much of the genome codes essential-but-boring life support functions, and how little appears to be at play for the sophisticated, high-level functions that get the philosophers worked up…

    • malindrome says:

      Don’t tell Ridley Scott, he might get ideas.

  8. er0ck says:

    Musa Acuminata (Cavendish) is the common banana most of us are used to in the grocery in the US.  Actually it’s usually a hybrid Musa acuminata × balbisiana, not shown here. A fruit with almost as much blood on its hands as the catholic church…

  9. Dylan Foster says:

    Could someone explain what exactly is going on here?

    • Jonathan Badger says:

      Yes. What this is is a six-way Venn diagram showing the distribution of shared gene families across multiple plant genomes, including banana, which has just been sequenced. The take home message is that while many families are universal (no surprise), there is a surprisingly large number of families (2809, center upper left), specific to the Poaceae, the family of plants that include banana, rice, and sorghum.

      • Jonathan Badger says:

        Just a slight self correction — bananas are actually members of family Musaceae, and what makes it surprising is that it suggests a closer relationship between them and the Poaceae.

  10. pishabh says:

    Mildly erotic. Just mildly though…

  11. Just_Ok says:

    The words per author ratio is pretty low.

    • Jonathan Badger says:

      It doesn’t work that way in science — you don’t have many authors because a paper is long — you have many authors because it look that many scientists to get the results. Besides, this is in Nature, which has strict limits on the length of articles — which means that most of the actual data and analysis is hidden in the “supplemental information” and the paper itself almost an abstract.

  12. how long must we ignore the giant goatse in the room?

  13. cubby96 says:

    Two things.

    First, there must be some sort of meta-message behind all of these banana posts from Cory.  A secret code, perhaps, wrapped up in the first character of the image’s metadata or something more/less technical.

    Second, that is a really cool diagram.

  14. Boundegar says:

    I will be so upset if a cat eats that Venn diagram.

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