It seems this gene could be turned back on or restored in the domesticated strains allowing them to become more nutritious.
What a puzzle this is for the Franken-food crowd. You've got a "natural" trait, yet reintroducing it will require genetic manipulation of the food. Cognitive dissonance.
The Davis Enterprise
Researchers at UC Davis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Haifa in Israel have cloned a gene from wild wheat that increases the protein, zinc and iron content in the grain, potentially offering a solution to nutritional deficiencies affecting hundreds of millions of children around the world, the university announced.
Results from the study are reported in Friday’s issue of the journal Science...