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With more than $10 million from Mars, Inc. (the makers of M&Ms and more), the US Department of Agriculture and IBM Research's computational biology team will be working on sequencing and analyzing the cacao tree. The goal of the project is to find ways to circumvent crop diseases (cocoa farmers lose $700 million annually to fungal diseases) and make yummier chocolate.

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