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Sixty seconds on . . . white bread

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 10 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m542
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London, UK

Never touch the stuff, it’s so unhealthy!

Well, it may be about to get healthier after scientists discovered how to double the fibre content of white flour. Researchers from the University of Bristol, Rothamsted Research Institute in Hertfordshire, and the John Innes Centre in Norwich genetically screened 150 different wheat varieties from around the world. Not a small task as the wheat genome is much bigger than the human genome—with around 150 000 genes compared with about 25 000 …

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