2016/06 - The Counter

2016/06 - Harry Potter and the gigantic genome

An article published on the website The Counter about the wheat genome and why its sequencing is so chalenging.

Article written by Patrick Clinton
Copyrights: The Counter


On June 13, a group of scientists known as the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) released what was described as a “whole genome assembly” for bread wheat. I didn’t see a ton of headlines, but to anyone who cares about food and the challenge of feeding the 9 billion people who are expected to live on Earth by mid-century, it was an incredibly important (and incredibly fascinating) landmark.

Why so important? Because wheat is so important. 

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Publication date: 29 July 2021 | By: ic