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The gene duplication that greased society's wheels

Yeast's ability to produce ethanol in high concentrations has been exploited by humans for millennia. Two recent papers help us to understand the genetic changes that made this species so appealing to humans and the history of its domestication.

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Woolfit, M., Wolfe, K. The gene duplication that greased society's wheels. Nat Genet 37, 566–567 (2005).

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