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Model Organisms - Yeast - Professor Rhona Borts

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Uploaded on Nov 18, 2010

Professor Rhona Borts from the Dept of Genetics at the University of Leicester (UK), discusses her research into the molecular basis of infertility. Rhona explains how budding yeast, an organism more associated with brewing and bread making, can be used to discover interesting new insights into the processes that are going wrong in infertility.

Professor Borts, Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder and Director of the Leicester Institute of Genetics and Genome Science in the University of Leicester's world-renowned Department of Genetics has been at the forefront of yeast-based research into understanding how organisms reproduce and pass on their DNA.

Yeast is one of the simplest organisms that can be used to model humans. Although it is a single cell, many genes had exactly the same structure and function as they do in humans.

This film is part of a collection of resources on the use of model organisms in medical research produced by Dr Chris Willmott and Professor Andrew Fry of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Leicester. Funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research council and the GENIE Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, these videos show how the use of invertebrate species such as yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) and fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) can be applicable to human medicine.

Professor Rhona Borts
http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/gene...

BBSRC
http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/

GENIE
http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/gene...

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