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Opinion

The model unicellular eukaryote, Schizosaccharomyces pombe

Mitsuhiro Yanagida

Author Affiliations

Department of Gene Mechanisms, Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University, Kitashirakawa-Oiwakecho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan

Genome Biology 2002, 3:comment2003-comment2003.4  doi:10.1186/gb-2002-3-3-comment2003

Published: 22 February 2002

Abstract

The fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe has long been a model organism for studies of eukaryotic cells, winning renown especially for studies of the cell cycle. Now that its genome has been sequenced, S. pombe is ready to assume its rightful place in the pantheon of small eukaryotic giants.