Fission yeast on the brink of meiosis

Bioessays. 2000 Sep;22(9):854-60. doi: 10.1002/1521-1878(200009)22:9<854::AID-BIES11>3.0.CO;2-T.


The fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe (S. pombe) is now well established as a versatile genetic model organism. It is widely used to analyse the basic eukaryotic cell cycle during vegetative growth and it is also well suited to studies on the elementary processes of sexual reproduction, including intercellular communication and signal transduction in zygote formation, as well as meiosis before sporulation. Systematic mutant screening has contributed much to our current understanding of unicellular differentiation in S. pombe, and structural analysis has revealed a simplified meiotic prophase with abundant crossing-over but no homologue synapsis. This article is a personal account of how this branch of fission yeast genetics has developed.

Publication types

  • Autobiography
  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Denmark
  • Genetics / history*
  • History, 20th Century
  • Meiosis / genetics*
  • Schizosaccharomyces* / cytology
  • Schizosaccharomyces* / genetics

Personal name as subject

  • R Egel