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Yeast as a Model for Human Diseases

  1. Judith L Fridovich-Keil

Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005581



How to Cite

Fridovich-Keil, J. L. 2006. Yeast as a Model for Human Diseases. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2006


Yeasts are single-celled eukaryotes that provide a genetically and biochemically amenable model system for biomedical research. Over the past decades, studies in yeast have established a foundation for much of our current knowledge on such fundamental processes as eukaryotic cell cycle control, genetic instability and colon cancer, metabolism and metabolic disease and even aging. Through basic science and pharmaceutical applications, studies in yeast hold promise for even greater contributions in the future.


  • yeast;
  • saccharomyces cerevisiae;
  • human genetics;
  • model systems;
  • mutations