New milestone reached on barley genome

New milestone reached on barley genome

BARLEY, a widely grown cereal grain commonly used to make beer and other alcoholic beverages, possesses a large and highly repetitive genome that is difficult to fully sequence, but a team led by scientists at the University of California-Riverside has reached a new milestone in its ongoing work that began in 2000.

The researchers have sequenced large portions of the genome that together contain nearly two-thirds of all barley genes.

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