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Funct Integr Genomics. 2002 Sep;2(4-5):193-8. Epub 2002 May 9.

Large-scale mutagenesis and functional genomics in yeast.

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  • 1Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, 10675 John Jay Hopkins Drive, San Diego, CA 92121, USA.


One of the major goals for the post-genome era is determining of the function of proteins predicted in the genome sequence. In many organisms functional assignments have been the results of comparative sequencing, proteomics or expression profiling. In the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, however, the functional role of a gene can be tested directly by disrupting the gene and examining the phenotype of the mutant. Because precise targeted deletions can be easily constructed, it is also possible to systematically delete every gene in the genome. Here we describe recent progress in yeast genome-wide mutagenesis programs and the results produced from analyzing the mutants created by them.

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