Geneticist Nils Stein from the Leibniz Institute for Plant Genetics tells Slate that having a better understanding of the barley genome could help the plant endure conditions brought on by climate change. In addition to being an important crop for the brewing industry, Stein notes that barley is also a key component of animal feed.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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