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Professor Publishes Primer for Commonly Used Experimental Organism

Andrea Duina - 20110405 - 15491949CONWAY, Ark. (May 8, 2014) – Hendrix biology professor Dr. Andrea Duina recently published an article in the journal Genetics.

The article, titled “Budding Yeast for Budding Geneticists: A Primer on the Saccharomyces cerevisaiae Model System,” was co-written with fellow biology professors Dr. Mary Miller of Rhodes College and Dr. Jill Keeney of Juniata College. 

Saccharomyces cerevisiae is commonly known as baker’s yeast or brewer’s yeast.

"The budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is an organism used by countless researchers around the world as a model for understanding fundamental biological processes relevant to all eukaryotic organisms, including humans," he said. "This article is designed to serve as a ‘primer’ for undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning more about this model system.”

The article includes a brief historical perspective on the use of budding yeast in research, a description of how the yeast genome is organized and maintained, and a presentation of some of the many experimental tools and resources available to yeast geneticists, Duina added. 

A review of some of the major discoveries that have resulted from studies using the yeast system is also provided. 

A summary of the paper can be found here.

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