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The Saccharomyces Genome Database (SGD) provides comprehensive integrated biological information for the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae along with search and analysis tools to explore these data, enabling the discovery of functional relationships between sequence and gene products in fungi and higher organisms.


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  • Call for Yeast Genetics Meeting 2018 Award Nominations!


    The Yeast Genetics Meeting will be held August 22-26, 2018 at Stanford University. You are invited to submit nominations to the meeting organizers for the awards and presentations that have become a cornerstone of the meeting: The Lifetime Achievement Award is given for lifetime contributions in the field of yeast genetics and outstanding community service. The Ira Herskowitz Award is given for outstanding contributions in the field of yeast research in the last 20 years. This award... Read...
  • Make Some More Room for Lamarck


    For most people, a move to Tibet or other high altitude places is a real struggle. They suffer the many nasty symptoms of high altitude sickness while they are there. Some people though, like natives of Tibet or of the Andes, have adapted to the extreme altitudes through natural selection and do just fine. How they adapted is a typical Darwinian story. Those who happened to have the right set of DNA did better than those who... Read...
  • How Histones Use FACT(s) to Find Their Way


    Some people (like me) have no sense of direction. Send me to the store and who knows where I’ll end up! Tools like maps, a GPS system, and my iPhone all help to make sure I get to where I need to be. And seat belts, airbags and working brakes keep me safe while I am getting there. Histones are similar. These proteins, which help to organize and run our DNA, can get lost without a variety... Read...
  • Yeast’s Skynet Against Salt


     In the Terminator franchise, the U.S. creates an artificial intelligence (AI)-based defense system called Skynet to, among other things, react more quickly to threats than any general or politician could. What starts out as an interesting idea almost dooms mankind to extinction once Skynet becomes conscious and decides to eliminate its greatest threat—humans.  Our friend Saccharomyces cerevisiae has its own version of Skynet for when it is “attacked” by too many salt ions. No, the system... Read...

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