Thursday, October 1, 2009

The almighty Fungi

The fungi have a number of characteristics that make them good research organisms, like relatively small genomes and haploid life stages. Further, DNA transformation and gene KOs are routine in some of them.

Current Biology now brings us a Primer on The Fungi! (A primer offers accessible accounts of a broad range of subjects in biology).

The importance of Fungi to medicine, industry, and the biosphere is widely appreciated. In this Primer, Stajich and colleagues summarize the key diversifications that have taken place within this kingdom and describe the modes of nutrition, reproduction, and communication within the various clades.

The magazine highlight is available FREE online.
That's right: FREE. No excuse to miss it.

Check it out here.

(Image credit: Phycomyces blakesleeanus genome at JGI)

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