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Little Cell, Big Science: The Rise (and Fall?) of Yeast Research

Vermeulen, N   Bain, M

Issues in Science and Technology   30 (4) 38-46

July 2014

http://issues.org/30-4/little-cell-big-science-the-rise-and-fall-of-yeast-research/

The fundamental character and exact function of yeast were not understood for a long time; now, we’re struggling to understand yeast’s systematic operations. How long will this struggle take? And do we really understand what’s at stake? Within the dilemma of finite funding resources, how do we figure out what research will eventually translate into practice? Pasteur understood the importance of these issues about the funding of research. In 1878, he wrote, “I beseech you to take interest in these sacred domains so expressively called laboratories. Ask that there be moreā€¦for these are the temples of the future, wealth, and well-being. It is here that humanity will grow, strengthen, and improve. Here, humanity will learn to read progress and individual harmony in the works of nature.”

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