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Land of Wheat

British researchers, led by the University of Liverpool's Neil Hall, have released a draft sequence of the wheat genome, the BBC reports. The wheat genome, the BBC notes is "is five times larger than the human genome and is known to be a very complex structure, comprised of three independent genomes" and the researchers say that next-gen sequencing helped them tackle wheat. "Sequencing the human genome took 15 years to complete, but with huge advances in DNA technology, the wheat genome took only a year," Hall says. The Associated Press adds that the availability of the wheat genome could help farmers improve their yields, both by provide genetic markers for traits that breeders want to select for and by genetic engineering. However, a resource scarcity expert at New York University, Alexander Evans, cautions that "we have to be very careful about saying that science will feed the world."

The Scan

Ancient Greek Army Ancestry Highlights Mercenary Role in Historical Migrations

By profiling genomic patterns in 5th century samples from in and around Himera, researchers saw diverse ancestry in Greek army representatives in the region, as they report in PNAS.

Estonian Biobank Team Digs into Results Return Strategies, Experiences

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics outline a procedure developed for individual return of results for the population biobank, along with participant experiences conveyed in survey data.

Rare Recessive Disease Insights Found in Individual Genomes

Researchers predict in Genome Medicine cross-population deletions and autosomal recessive disease impacts by analyzing recurrent nonallelic homologous recombination-related deletions.

Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.