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The GENE Project

The Saccharomyces Genome Database

Council on Undergraduate Research

Technical Assistance

The simple eukaryote Saccharomyces cerevisiae (bakers' yeast) has many advantages as a research system: small size, rapid growth, complete sexual life cycle, safety, well-characterized genetics, a completely sequenced genome, and not least, the world-wide community of yeast genetics researchers as a resource base. A pioneer in developing yeast as an instructional tool was Dr. Thomas Manney, Professor Emeritus of Physics, Kansas State University. Dr. Manney, Monta Manney, and a team of other scientists and secondary school teachers developed an extensive series of classroom activities that can be done with yeast and other model organisms (flour beetles and Wisconsin Fast Plants). For complete information on the instructional materials created by the GENE (Genetics Education Networking and Enhancement) Project, please see the GENE website at the link to the left.

Yeast also lends itself well to inquiry-based classroom activities and research projects. We describe some of these labs here and offer suggestions for further activities with yeast. A valuable web resource is the Saccharomyces Genome Database, source of extensive information on sequence, mapping, and gene function data from the yeast literature; see the link to the left.

Lab Core:

Lab Link:
  • Background web link
  • Adopter links
  • Research links
  • Online poster presentations
  • Discussion board

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March 28, 2001