Xbox inventor bakes bread with 4,500 year-old yeast!

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Image credits: Seamus Blackley

Seamus Blackley (who invented the Xbox gaming system) posted on Twitter how he, together with a pair of scientists (an Egyptologist and a microbiologist), collected yeast from 4,500-year-old Egyptian pottery. They took samples from containers they suspected were used for bread-making and beer-brewing in Ancient Egypt. Blackley kept a single sample of the antique yeast and used milled barley, as well as Einkorn flour to ‘awaken’ the yeast. After a week’s worth of patient waiting, the scientist was ready to start baking! (The microbiologist is going to make beer next!)