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33 - Programmed Cell Death in the Yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae

from Part III - Cell Death in Nonmammalian Organisms

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 September 2011

Douglas R. Green
Affiliation:
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee
Valter D. Longo
Affiliation:
University of Southern California
Cristina Mazzoni
Affiliation:
University of Rome
John C. Reed
Affiliation:
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, La Jolla, California
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Summary

The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is one of the most studied model systems for molecular and cellular biology. In 1996, it became the first eukaryotic organism to have a completely sequenced genome (Dujon, 1996; Goffeau et al., 1996), which led to a number of valuable and widely accessed databases. Among its features is the short generation time (usually 90–120 minutes) and the ability to grow at various temperatures in relatively inexpensive media. Moreover, many of its genes are well characterized, thanks in part to its amenability to modifications such as gene disruption, gene marking, mutations, or gene-dosage modifications. Because of these advantageous features, it has become the model organism of choice for many investigators in fields ranging from basic biology to biomedical research.

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Apoptosis
Physiology and Pathology
, pp. 389 - 396
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2011

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