The birth of a yeast cell

by Jürgen Berger

Group Leader

Max Planck Society

Like us, yeasts can have sex. A mother and a father cell fuse and create one large cell that contains four offspring. When environmental conditions are favorable, this large cell opens up and releases its offspring, which is the moment captured in this picture. In our research, we use yeast to understand how cells work. We mate yeast cells to create new combinations of genetic traits. For us, the birth of these yeast cells therefore marks the start of a new experiment.

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