We hope everyone at The Allied Genetics Conference this week will take the opportunity to attend some presentations outside their “home” genetics community. But we realize that sometimes listening to talks in a new field can feel like visiting a foreign country, with its own language, unfamiliar customs, and insider jokes. If only you had a primer to get you up to speed and to lay out the key vocabulary and concepts!

Here are a few resources from the GENETICS Toolbox Review and educational Primer collections that TAGC attendees may find helpful:


Learning to Fish with Genetics: A Primer on the Vertebrate Model Danio rerio
Nathalia G. Holtzman, M. Kathryn Iovine, Jennifer O. Liang, and Jacqueline Morris
Genetics July 2016 203: 1069-1089; doi: 10.1534/genetics.116.190843


From Holtzmann et al.


Tetrahymena as a Unicellular Model Eukaryote: Genetic and Genomic Tools
Marisa D. Ruehle, Eduardo Orias, and Chad G. Pearson
Genetics June 2016 203: 649-665; doi: 10.1534/genetics.114.169748


From Ruehle et al.


Genetics on the Fly: A Primer on the Drosophila Model System

Karen G. Hales, Christopher A. Korey, Amanda M. Larracuente, and David M.Roberts

Genetics November 2015 201: 815-842; doi: 10.1534/genetics.115.183392


From Hales et al.


An Ancient Yeast for Young Geneticists: A Primer on the Schizosaccharomyces pombe Model System
Charles S. Hoffman, Valerie Wood, and Peter A. Fantes
Genetics October 2015 201: 403-423; doi: 10.1534/genetics.115.181503


From Hoffman et al.


A Transparent Window into Biology: A Primer on Caenorhabditis elegans

Ann K. Corsi, Bruce Wightman, and Martin Chalfie

Genetics June 2015 200: 387-407; doi: 10.1534/genetics.115.176099

From Corsi et al.

From Corsi et al.


Budding Yeast for Budding Geneticists: A Primer on the Saccharomyces cerevisiae Model System

Andrea A. Duina, Mary E. Miller, and Jill B. Keeney

Genetics May 2014 197: 33-48; doi: 10.1534/genetics.114.163188

From Hoffman et al.

From Duina et al.


See you soon at TAGC!


Cristy Gelling is a science writer, lapsed yeast geneticist, and former Communications Director at the GSA.

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