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  • Wheat genome decoded - more and bigger wheat on the way..scary

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/13857ac8-b...44feabdc0.html

  • #2
    OH JOY! Better living through science..........right?
    My whole life, I've felt like an animal......but I've ignored my instincts. I ignored what I really am. That will never happen again.

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    • #3
      Hmm... it's not like wheat is going anywhere anytime soon, so it seems like a good thing if they can keep growing enough of it using less space, less chemicals, less water, or whatever else they come up with from this.

      I didn't realize we didn't have a wheat genome yet. I knew we had rice and maize, so I just assumed. I had no idea the wheat genome was so enormous!
      "mayness, you need to have a siggy line that says "Paleo Information Desk" or something!" -FMN <3

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      • #4
        How interesting that wheat's genome is five times bigger than the human genome.

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        • #5
          And there are 6 copies of the genome in each cell (hexaploid) instead of just 2 like mammals (diploid). That's a whole lot of DNA in each cell! I wonder if their nuclei are really big to accommodate it.
          "mayness, you need to have a siggy line that says "Paleo Information Desk" or something!" -FMN <3

          I'm blogging again, at least a little bit.

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          • #6
            I wonder if the genome will give them an answer to the wheat rust which is completely out of hand in Africa right now.

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            • #7
              Yeah, I heard about this on NPR this morning. They expect to double the amount of wheat output with this over the next several years.

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              • #8
                So this means that Wheaties will now be even more genetically freakish than the basketball players on the box?!
                Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

                Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!

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                • #9
                  I'm of a mixed mind on this. On the one hand, agriculture has saved a lot of people from starving to death. On the other hand, it's also why our population is so huge. On the other other hand, there's still people starving to death on a daily basis.

                  Meanwhile we are lucky enough to live in a place and an income bracket that lets us have the luxury of choosing the _kinds_ of foods we eat -- be they primal, vegan, or whatever else. I'm just very thankful!
                  "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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