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YeastBook, the Eukaryotic Cell Encyclopedia is launched by Genetics
Date:11/14/2011

A new series of article-chapters to be published in the journal GENETICS (http://www.genetics.org) promises to help scientists better access the wealth of research knowledge obtained on an important experimental organism used to understand human gene function. The series will be authored by top geneticists from around the world and will cover practically all aspects of modern yeast research and its applications to human health and well-being.

"When investigators identify a gene in other organisms, they first look in the Saccharomyces Genome Database for a homologue," wrote Alan Hinnebusch, Editor-in-Chief of YeastBook and Mark Johnston, Editor-in-Chief of GENETICS, in an editorial appearing in the November issue of GENETICS. "Because of decades of work on S. cerevisiae by a large research community with access to a prodigious experimental toolbox, finding a homologue (which happens more than half the time) brings not only a wealth of information that provides much insight into the gene's function, but also a robust experimental system for further investigations that promise new insights."

The series of chapters published as articles will not only help organize and analyze the overwhelming amount of data obtained on Saccharomyces cerevisiae, but it will also serve as a significant reference tool for those who do not specialize on this organism. In total, the editors of YeastBook and GENETICS anticipate that the compendium will span 50 chapters, but as new research developments occur, the need for additional chapters may arise and will be accommodated by this innovative publishing model.

YeastBook expands on the seminal monograph series The Molecular Biology of the Yeast Saccharomyces, first published by Cold Spring Harbor Press in the early 1980s and last updated more than 15 years ago. After YeastBook articles are published in GENETICS they will be compiled on a sepa
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Contact: Tracey DePellegrin Connelly
td2p@andrew.cmu.edu
412-760-5391
Genetics Society of America
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