Where does fission yeast sit on the tree of life?

Genome Biol. 2000;1(2):REVIEWS1011. doi: 10.1186/gb-2000-1-2-reviews1011. Epub 2000 Aug 4.


The budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe are as different from each other as either is from animals: their ancestors separated about 420 to 330 million years ago. Now that S. pombe is poised to join the post-genome era, its evolutionary position should become much clearer.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Classification
  • Evolution, Molecular
  • Genome, Fungal
  • Phylogeny*
  • Schizosaccharomyces / classification
  • Schizosaccharomyces / genetics*
  • Schizosaccharomyces / physiology
  • Time Factors