Functional Characterization of the S. cerevisiae Genome by Gene Deletion and Parallel Analysis

Science  06 Aug 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5429, pp. 901-906
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5429.901

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The functions of many open reading frames (ORFs) identified in genome-sequencing projects are unknown. New, whole-genome approaches are required to systematically determine their function. A total of 6925 Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains were constructed, by a high-throughput strategy, each with a precise deletion of one of 2026 ORFs (more than one-third of the ORFs in the genome). Of the deleted ORFs, 17 percent were essential for viability in rich medium. The phenotypes of more than 500 deletion strains were assayed in parallel. Of the deletion strains, 40 percent showed quantitative growth defects in either rich or minimal medium.

  • * These authors contributed equally to this work.

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