Wheat genome announcement turns out to be small beer

DNA sequence released by U.K. team still requires assembly

By Rachel Ehrenberg, 16:53 PM August 31, 2010

U.K. scientists made a big splash on August 27 with the announcement that they had unveiled the sequence of DNA in the wheat genome. “Wheat genome may help tackle food shortages,” headlines declared. And “Scientists crack through wheat's genetic code.”  

More like, “Scientists take a first crack at the genetic code of wheat.” Because what these scientists did is not comparable to what scientists have usually done when they announce that they have sequenced an organism’s genome.


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