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What Made Chili Peppers So Spicy?

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What Made Chili Peppers So Spicy?

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What Made Chili Peppers So Spicy?

What Made Chili Peppers So Spicy?

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New research indicates chili pepper plants may have developed their signature heat as a way to fight off fungal infections caused by insects.

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Joshua Tewksbury, assistant professor of biology at the University of Washington