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Schizosaccharomyces pombe
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Ascomycota
Class: Schizosaccharomycetes
Order: Schizosaccharomycetales
Family: Schizosaccharomycetaceae
Genus: Schizosaccharomyces

Schizosaccharomyces is a genus of fission yeasts. The most well-studied species is S. pombe. At present four Schizosaccharomyces species have been described (S. pombe, S. japonicus, S. octosporus and S. cryophilus).[1] Like the distantly related Saccharomyces cerevisiae, S. pombe is a significant model organism in the study of eukaryotic cell biology. It is particularly useful in evolutionary studies because it is thought to have diverged from the Saccharomyces cerevisiae lineage between 300 million and 1 billion years ago, and thus provides an evolutionarily distant comparison.[2]

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  1. ^ Rhind, N.; Chen, Z., Yassour, M., Thompson, D. A., Haas, B. J., Habib, N., Wapinski, I., Roy, S., Lin, M. F., Heiman, D. I., Young, S. K., Furuya, K., Guo, Y., Pidoux, A., Chen, H. M., Robbertse, B., Goldberg, J. M., Aoki, K., Bayne, E. H., Berlin, A. M., Desjardins, C. A., Dobbs, E., Dukaj, L., Fan, L., FitzGerald, M. G., French, C., Gujja, S., Hansen, K., Keifenheim, D., Levin, J. Z., Mosher, R. A., Muller, C. A., Pfiffner, J., Priest, M., Russ, C., Smialowska, A., Swoboda, P., Sykes, S. M., Vaughn, M., Vengrova, S., Yoder, R., Zeng, Q., Allshire, R., Baulcombe, D., Birren, B. W., Brown, W., Ekwall, K., Kellis, M., Leatherwood, J., Levin, H., Margalit, H., Martienssen, R., Nieduszynski, C. A., Spatafora, J. W., Friedman, N., Dalgaard, J. Z., Baumann, P., Niki, H., Regev, A., Nusbaum, C. (21 April 2011). "Comparative Functional Genomics of the Fission Yeasts". Science 332 (6032): 930–936. doi:10.1126/science.1203357. PMC 3131103. PMID 21511999. 
  2. ^ * Jac A. Nickoloff and Merl F. Hoekstra. 1998. DNA Damage and Repair: DNA Repair in Prokaryotes and Lower Eukaryotes, Humana Press, ISBN 978-0-89603-356-6, 626 pages

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