Progress on Wheat Genome Sequence a ‘Game Changer’

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Bread_wheat_genomeScientists from Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany and the United States have produced a draft map of the bread wheat genome, as revealed in a 17-July series of articles in Science. A full map of the huge and complex genome—the result of repeated hybridization among three grass species over hundreds of millennia—is due in a few years, but the current map will speed breeding for many valuable new crop traits.

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