A Better Brew

During the course of thousands of years of use for making beer, brewer's yeast has become "as diverse as the beer they make," the New York Times writes. Two labs, one in the US and one in Belgium are working to disentangle how these yeast strains are related by sequencing their genomes — and, possibly, how to make a better pint.

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