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Genome sequencing

Brouhaha over the other yeast

The sequencing of the fission-yeast genome allows researchers to compare it with that of its cousin, budding yeast, and to identify genes that may distinguish eukaryotes (such as yeast) from prokaryotes (such as bacteria).

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Figure 1: The tree of life, with the branches labelled according to Wood et al.'s analysis4 of genes that might be specific to eukaryotes versus prokaryotes, and to multicellular versus single-celled organisms. Bacteria and archaea are prokaryotes (they do not have nuclei).


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Eisen, J. Brouhaha over the other yeast. Nature 415, 845–847 (2002).

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