Biotechnology : Academic Cell Update Edition by David P Clark; Nanette J Pazdernik

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These express mating pheromones, a factor and alpha (a) factor, which attract the two forms to each other. When the pheromones bind to receptors on the opposite cell type, the two haploid cells become competent to fuse into a diploid cell. Diploid cells sporulate under growth limiting conditions. Otherwise, the diploid cells form genetic clones by budding. MultiCellular organiSMS aS reSearCh ModelS Single-celled creatures offer many advantages, but understanding human physiology requires information about cellular interactions.

Germ cells Somatic cells 13 BODY Like bacteria, yeast grow as single cells. A culture of yeast has identical cells, making genetic and biochemical analysis easier. The culture medium can either be liquid or solid, and the amount and composition of nutrients can be controlled. The temperature and time of growth may also be controlled. Under ideal circumstances, yeast doubles in number in about 90 minutes, as opposed to E. coli, which doubles in 20 minutes. Although slower than bacteria, the growth of yeast is fast in comparison to other eukaryotes.

Growing different crops to feed the world population is incredibly important, and much money is invested in research on the crops most used for food, such as rice, soybean, wheat, and corn. These plants have huge genomes, and most are polyploid—even hexaploid (such as wheat). Therefore, a model organism is essential to learn the basic biology of plants. Arabidopsis has much the same responses to stress and disease as crop plants. Moreover, many genes involved in reproduction and development are homologous to those in plants with more complex genomes.

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