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Genome of 6,000-year-old barley grains sequenced for first time

Genome of 6,000-year-old barley grains sequenced for first time

effectively a record of the past history of the individual grains
"By combining archaeobotany and crop-specific genetics, this study has produced novel insights into the origins of our one of our most important crop plants.

An international team of researchers from leading institutions in Scotland, Germany, Israel and the USA has succeeded for the first time in sequencing the genome of 6,000 year old barley grains from the Copper Age (the Chalcolithic). Their results, which report the oldest plant genome to be reconstructed to date, are published now in the online version of Nature Genetics.

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This article was originally posted by The James Hutton Institute