GreenTracker: Your Christmas Tree Has Seven Times More DNA Than You Do!

If you talk to your Christmas tree, as I do, you are not wacky. Your tree is a highly complex Green Being, one with seven times the DNA you do.

All conifers have twelve chromosomes, but they are extremely large: a cell from a spruce or pine has seven times as much DNA as a human cell does. Scientists don’t know about the ‘power’ of the DNA, compared to ours.

Apparently conifers managed as early as 300 million years ago to create an extremely successful genetic make-up that has allowed them to dominate the globe and survive multiple ecological disasters. but what does it look like?

Swedish researchers will now map the genetic code of spruce trees, to get a better understanding of why my Christmas trees listen but don’t talk back when I say “You are soooo gorgeous, Ms. Christmas Tree.” via Science Daily

Girl decorating a Christmas tree, which has seven times more DNA than she does. (Credit: iStockphoto/Eva Serrabassa)