When it comes to hay fever, itchy eyes and sneezing are more than just an annoyance as this allergy costs the U.S. health care system up to $18 billion per year. But recently, one thousand researchers from 40 countries heard about a new genetically modified form of ryegrass that could greatly alleviate this allergy within a decade. At this biotech conference in Australia, other breakthroughs highlighted included a new drought resistant wheat that produces deeper roots, and can yield up to 20% more grain under stress, as well as an amazing new test, that can identify which dairy cows will have more productive offspring, and thus cut breeding time by 50 percent. Sounds like news that’s nothing to sneeze about.

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