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Yeast as a Model Genetic Organism

  1. Joshua Chang Mell,
  2. Sean M Burgess

Published Online: 26 MAR 2003

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0000821



How to Cite

Mell, J. C. and Burgess, S. M. 2003. Yeast as a Model Genetic Organism. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of California at Davis, Davis, California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2003


The budding yeast is an ideal experimental organism for genetic research. The yeast shares a common life cycle and cellular architecture with higher eukaryotes, and as a microorganism it is easily propagated and manipulated in the laboratory.


  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae;
  • mutagenesis;
  • meiosis;
  • complementation;
  • recombination