Researchers from China have claimed to have created the world’s first single-chromosome yeast while not affecting the majority of its functions. Making it the first time in the world that organisms with multiple chromosomes were artificially transformed into single-chromosome form.
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- Brewer's yeast, one-third of whose genome is said to share ancestry with humans, has 16 chromosomes. Although, Chinese scientists have managed to fit nearly all its genetic material into just one chromosome while not affecting the majority of its functions. First, they fused two chromosomes, then joined this product to another chromosome, and repeated the process in successive rounds until there was only one chromosome left.
- The researchers involved in the creation are molecular biologists from the Centre for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences in China. The research was published on the website of the journal – Nature on August 2, 2018.
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