Rowland H. Davis

in The Microbial Models of Molecular Biology

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195154368
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893935 | DOI:

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This chapter traces the development of Aspergillus nidulans as a model organism. It argues that the claim of A. nidulans as a model illuminating universal phenomena is weak. It came into play 10 years after Neurospora, and 4 years after the introduction of bacterial sexuality. Both of the fungi slipped slowly into more parochial roles, and A. nidulans took its place as a model for recombination studies and for parasexuality. A. nidulans would go on to make unique contributions to the study of fungal conidial differentiation, mitosis, and many areas of general metabolism.

Keywords: genetics; Aspergillus nidulans; Guido Pontecorvo; model systems; model organisms

Chapter.  5218 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biochemistry

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