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Saccharomyces Yeast Cells - Negative
Saccharomyces cerevisae is an exceptionally important yeast. It is the organism commonly referred to as baker's yeast and has played a central role in food production for thousands of years. The yeast has also been an important tool in scientific research. Due to its easy cultivation, short generation time, and manipulability, scientists have accumulated a tremendous amount of detailed genetic and biochemical information about the species. In fact, Saccharomyces cerevisae was the first unicellular eukaryotic organism to have the entire genome sequenced. Scientists hope to use this knowledge to make discoveries about biological processes that are relevant for higher organisms, such as man.