The Genes of Craft Beer
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After thousands of years of Canada Goose online unwitting domestication, brewing yeasts the microorganisms that ferment a brewer’s uk canada goose tepid slop of grain, water and hops into beer are as diverse as the beer they make. And now two research teams, from White Labs and a Belgian genetics laboratory, are mapping out their sprawling genealogy, creating the first genetic family tree for brewing yeasts and the beers they make.
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buy canada goose jacket By comparing the DNA of hundreds of yeasts, along with information on how they act and brew differently, “we’ll have a unique window into the genetic code,” said Mr. Prahl, who is leading the experiment at White Labs. He is comparing each yeast’s sequencing canada goose factory sale information with brewing data on more than 2,000 batches of canada goose uk shop beer including the four he was tasting.
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canada goose deals For brewers today, there are few options for generating new yeasts. Simply breeding strains together rarely results in a usable brew because most brewing yeasts are highly specialized, the results are often the genetic equivalent of combining a bicycle with in line skates. Each serves the same purpose, but applying parts from one to the other yields little more than a mess.
And while the genetic Canada Goose Online tools already exist to create new yeasts artificially by splicing genes from one to Canada Goose Jackets another because of the longstanding stigma associated with genetically modified foods, cheap canada goose uk there is no market for them.
“Right now we have a few hundred genetically modified yeast strains patiently waiting in our laboratory’s freezer,” said Jan Steensels, a microbiologist with the Belgian lab, “but most brewers and consumers don’t want anything to do buy canada goose jacket cheap with them.” The data from the genomic project could allow researchers to design and breed new brewing yeasts without resorting to genetic modification.
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Only within the last few years has a DNA sequencing project of this scale been possible. The project to sequence the first human genome, completed in 2000, took nearly a decade and cost almost $3 billion; new technologies and laboratory equipment have rapidly lowered the cost and canada goose black friday sale accelerated the process. Today, the researchers can sequence a single yeast, which is much less canada goose store complex, in a matter of days, for only a few thousand dollars.
canada goose coats The technology is so inexpensive that the first 96 strains at White Labs were sequenced free of charge by the biotechnology company Illumina, to assess one of its new sequencing machines. Rather than cost, the experiment’s true hurdle lies in sorting through the huge trove of newly canada goose acquired genetic data, said Mr. Prahl, who has partnered with the bioinformatics company Synthetic Genomics to parse his project’s data set.
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Canada Goose Jackets Many researchers believe that brewers will soon routinely sequence yeast strains. “This project strikes me as sort of an inevitable thing that one can do,” said Randy W. Schekman, a yeast geneticist at the University of California, Berkeley, who shared the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. With the falling costs and rising buy canada goose jacket speed, he added, “the sequencing is almost trivial at this point.”
buy canadagooseonline canada goose jacket cheap But Dr. Schekman sees this type of research as an important prod to an industry that has long been wary of genetic techniques.
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