Wheat Sequence

Wheat is the most famous “genetically modified” product of prehistoric farming and is a combination of three different wild grasses with three different genomes.  Having sequenced the human genome and a wide range of other living things, scientists have finally managed to sequence wheat. In contrast to the murky world of climate science the research has been placed on the internet to allow all researchers to help produce new and better varieties.  Our Green Luddites will doubtless be out in force to assist European politicians block cheaper food imports and preserve the lifestyle of the EU’s highly subsidised farmers.  However, quantum leaps in yield and resistance to drought and pathogens are crucial when global demand for food is expected to increase by 50% in the near future.

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