RESOURCES: Name That Yeast

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Science  19 Mar 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5665, pp. 1741
DOI: 10.1126/science.303.5665.1741a

Stumped by a yeast? Microbiologists struggling to key out a specimen can find help at this site from the Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Click on the Identification button to enter physical, biochemical, and molecular attributes for the puzzling fungus—from colony texture and color to growth temperatures to DNA sequences. The algorithm then selects the best matches from among the 900 named yeast species, including the familiar brewer's yeast. The site also serves as a taxonomic storehouse, holding details of classification and naming.

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