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Yale Scientists Complete Yeast Gene Function Study

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NEW HAVEN, Conn.--In the course of a five-year study of the function of yeast genes scientists at Yale University said they discovered new genes. Their work is reported in the November 25 issue of Nature. Michael Snyder, chair of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at Yale, said his team invented a novel method for inserting pieces of DNA throughout the yeast genome to determine when genes are active and to create mutations in order to analyze gene function. Snyder's team included Shirleen Rodeur of the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Perry Miller of the Center for Medical Informatics; and Mark Gerstein of the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. Their study established both a new database and a set of tools for use by researchers in the community, Snyder said.

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