“Sequencing the genome of wheat was unusually daunting because the wheat genome is five times the size of the human genome, and has 94,000 to 96,000 genes. This sequencing effort involved the identification of essentially all of those genes and mapping their relationship to other genes. Previously, the size and complexity of the wheat genome had been significant barriers to performing a complete analysis, but the scientists overcame that problem by developing a new strategy that compared wheat genetic sequences to known grass genes, such as from rice and barley.” (click the photo to go to the press release which includes a link to the complete article in Nature.)
About the photo: Yeah, it’s gratuitous and borrowed without permission from a site called domai.com . But she’s just so happy - a Persephone in June. Let me know if I’ve stepped past the edge of propriety and should take it down.