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In this week's PNAS Early Edition, a public-private research consortium of investigators at plant research institutes as well as beer and whiskey producers across Europe reports its mapping of 15 traits across about 500 barley crop cultivars genotyped with more than 1,500 SNPs. The team found "high levels of linkage disequilibrium within and between chromosomes" and "common alleles of high penetrance" across the cultivars.

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