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The demonstration of spontaneous yeast competence shows that artificial transformation rests on naturally occurring cellular processes. Such natural competence is either biologically mediated or environmentally induced. For instance, wild yeast might be transformed through conjugation by cell-to-cell contact mediated either by Escherichia coli or… (More)
Unlike prokaryotes, eukaryotic organisms do not seem to be equipped with natural cell process(es) designated for exogenous DNA uptake. However, it is barely known that under laboratory circumstances resembling wild fungal environment(s), at least some lower eukaryotes could become naturally competent for exogenous DNA uptake. Thus, apart from the known fact… (More)
This study is an attempt to evaluate the pathway and the achievements of yeast genetics in Croatia. The study represents both, an authors' review and a historical overview and therefore is of value for yeast geneticists as well as for historians of science.