Leaving the Fungi

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:
Leaving the Fungi

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This chapter summarizes the state of microbial genetics, dominated in the early period by Neurospora, Aspergillus, and S. cerevisiae. It compares the three with respect to their different origins as model organisms and their different technical attributes. This comparison facilitates an understanding of how the bacteria and their viruses would displace these model organisms, at least temporarily, in investigations directed to the structure and action of the gene; investigations the three fungi had done so much to initiate.

Keywords: fungi; fungal genetics; model organisms; model systems; Neurospora; Aspergillus; Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Chapter.  2882 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biochemistry

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