Yeast in a class of their own

PUBS course graduate students report how genetics and chemical stresses interact to affect the fitness of yeast cells

The ability of an organism to grow and reproduce, that is, its “fitness,” is determined by how its genes interact with the environment. Yeast is a model organism in which researchers can control the exact mutations present in the yeast’s genes (its genotype) and the conditions in which the yeast cells live (their environment). This allows researchers to measure how a yeast cell’s genotype and environment affect its fitness.




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