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Schizosaccharomyces cryophilus. Photo by Rhind, Nick ([email protected])

This genome was sequenced by the Broad Institute.

Description of Schizosaccharomyces cryophilus has been quoted from Broad.

Schizosaccharomyces cryophilus is the most recently described fission yeast. Well over 100 fission yeast samples are stored in strain collections around the world, all of which were believed to belong to the S. pombe, S. octosporus or S. japonicus species. In screening these for divergent sequences, Peter Baumann and colleagues at the Stowers Institute identified one isolate clearly different at the sequence level from the three known species. The isolate first arose as a contaminant in handling S. octosporus stocks. S. cryophilus is indeed most closely related to S. octosporus, but the two are still as distantly related as humans and mouse. It gets its name from a preference for growth at a lower temperature than other fission yeast species.


Genome Reference(s)


  • Rhind N, Chen Z, Yassour M, Thompson DA, Haas BJ, Habib N, Wapinski I, Roy S, Lin MF, Heiman DI, Young SK, Furuya K, Guo Y, Pidoux A, Chen HM, Robbertse B, Goldberg JM, Aoki K, Bayne EH, Berlin AM, Desjardins CA, Dobbs E, Dukaj L, Fan L, FitzGerald MG, French C, Gujja S, Hansen K, Keifenheim D, Levin JZ, Mosher RA, Müller CA, Pfiffner J, Priest M, Russ C, Smialowska A, Swoboda P, Sykes SM, Vaughn M, Vengrova S, Yoder R, Zeng Q, Allshire R, Baulcombe D, Birren BW, Brown W, Ekwall K, Kellis M, Leatherwood J, Levin H, Margalit H, Martienssen R, Nieduszynski CA, Spatafora JW, Friedman N, Dalgaard JZ, Baumann P, Niki H, Regev A, Nusbaum C. Comparative functional genomics of the fission yeasts. Science. 2011 May 20;332(6032):930-6. doi: 10.1126/science.1203357. Epub 2011 Apr 21. PubMed PMID: 21511999; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3131103.


  • Schizosaccharomyces group Sequencing Project, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT