Monday, May 29th, 2017 - Riddhiman Kannan uses humanized yeast to study evolution and disease!


Did you know that allthough Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Baker’s yeast) and Homo sapiens (humans, us) are separated by a billion years in evolutionary time, nearly half (~47%) of the essential yeast genes can be substituted for by their corresponding human counterparts and the yeast are just fine?! On this episode, Riddhiman Kannan talks to us about how putting human genes into yeast can be used as a tool to more easily study human evolution and disease, and even help discover new therapies!

*NOTE* The recording of the interview comes in a few minutes after we actually started; sorry for the missing time!

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