Bay Area Seminar(s): Jonathan Eisen

For those within reach of Bay Area, Jonanthan Eisen (who recently posted about 3-day Biology and Mathematics in the Bay Area meeting) will be presenting at Bay Area BioSystematists meeting on Oct 16. I had the pleasure of presenting in the series last month in a 3-way forum with Nancy Moran and Dan Pollard.

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Yes, Ecology can improve Genomics

Blogging on Peer-Reviewed ResearchFew organisms are as well understood at the genetic level as Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Given that there are more yeast geneticists than yeast genes and exemplary resources for the community (largely a result of their size), this comes as no surprise. What is curious is the large number of yeast genes for which we’ve been unable to characterize. Of the ~6000 genes currently identified in the yeast genome, 1253 have no verified function (for the uninclined, this is roughly 21% of the yeast proteome). Egads! If we can’t figure this out in yeast, what hope do we have in non-model organisms?Lourdes Peña-Castillo and Timothy R. Hughes discuss this curious observation and its cause in their report in Genetics.

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