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My mixed view of wheat genome decoding

By on 22nd August 2018

Last week the IWGSC – International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium published their findings in the journal Science.

Scientists, research institutions in more than 15 countries have worked on a detailed description of the genome, the genetic material present in a cell or organism. It was thought to be impossible due to the complexity being five times bigger then the human genome.

Apparently this knowledge could have a major impact on crop breeding focusing on disease and frost resistance, flavour and yield.

It is astonishing how far we have come with science in the last century but is it all to our best? Have we not just discovered that the breeding of new wheat varieties using conventional artificial selection is one of the reasons why the western population has an intolerance or sensitiveness to gluten?

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