Clonal lethality caused by the yeast plasmid 2 mu DNA.


Strains of Saccharomyces that carry the nib allele of a nuclear gene exhibit a "nibbled" colony morphology if they also harbor the plasmid 2 mu DNA. I have found that the expression of the nibbled phenotype is correlated with the presence of a subpopulation of abnormally large cells that give rise to mortal clones. Large cells apparently become large as a… (More)