New & Noteworthy
July 7, 2015
If you’re not already using YeastMine to answer all your questions about the Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome and the gene products it encodes…you should be!
This versatile tool lets you slice and dice data from SGD in any way you choose. You can ask questions like “How many proteins between 25 and 35 kDa in size are integral to the nuclear membrane?” or “Which genes can mutate to confer oxidative stress resistance, and what biological processes are they involved in?”
Start with this video to see a quick sample of three cool features in YeastMine.
June 30, 2015
Yeast and humans diverged about a billion years ago, but there’s still enough functional conservation between some pairs of yeast and human genes that they can be substituted for each other. How cool is that?! Which genes are they? What do they do?
This two-minute video explains how to find, search, and download the yeast-human functional complementation data in SGD. You can find help with many other aspects of SGD in the tutorial videos on our YouTube channel. And as always, please be sure to contact us with any questions or suggestions.
September 15, 2014
Have you ever wondered about the role played by the homolog of a particular yeast gene in other fungal species? SGD’s advanced search tool, YeastMine, can now be used to find homologs of your favorite Saccharomyces cerevisiae genes in the pathogenic yeast, Candida glabrata. There are now 25 species of pathogenic and non-pathogenic fungi in YeastMine, including S. cerevisiae.
The fungal homologs of a given S. cerevisiae gene can be found using the template called “Gene –> Fungal Homologs.” Fungal homology data comes from various sources including FungiDB, the Candida Gene Order Browser (CGOB), the Yeast Gene Order Browser (YGOB), the Candida Genome Database (CGD), the Aspergillus Genome Database (AspGD) and PomBase, and the results link directly to the corresponding homolog gene pages in the relevant databases.
A results table is generated after each query and the identifiers and standard names for the fungal homologs are listed in the table. As with other YeastMine templates, results can be saved as lists for further analysis. You can also create a list of yeast gene names and/or identifiers using the updated Create Lists feature that allows you to specify the organism representing the genes in your list. The query for homologs can then be made against the custom gene list.
All of the new templates that query fungal homolog data can be found on the YeastMine Home page under the “Homology” tab. This template complements the template “Gene → Non-Fungal and S. cerevisiae Homologs” that retrieves homologs of S. cerevisiae genes in humans, rats, mice, worms, flies, mosquitos, and zebrafish.
May 30, 2014
If you love to make and analyze lists of genes, you will love YeastMine – you can use it to create all kinds of lists! For instance, use a YeastMine template to search for all genes associated with a given GO term or phenotype observable and save these genes as a list. Or, search for all genes that interact with your gene of interest and save that as a gene list.
What’s even more fun is that you can make lists from your lists! For instance, take the list of genes you found to be associated with a given GO term and plug it into a YeastMine query template to find all the genes that interact with your list of genes – then save those genes as a list. The possibilities are endless given the different types of queries you can perform using YeastMine! Who knows what biological connections you will uncover?
Lastly, save your lists for future use by creating a MyMine account – all you need to sign up is an email and a password.
You can find a link to YeastMine in the top right corner of most SGD pages (“YeastMine: Batch Analysis or Advanced Search”) or go to SGD’s purple main menu bar, click on “Analyze” and select “Gene Lists” to go straight to creating a List in YeastMine.
To see how simple it is to save your search results as a List in YeastMine, view this brief tutorial – YeastMine: Saving Search Results as a List. To view other great SGD tutorials, YeastMine and otherwise, visit and “Subscribe” to the Saccharomyces Genome Database Channel on YouTube.