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burning question - hints for apoptose in yeast

Martin Schmidt ma.schmidt at em.uni-frankfurt.de
Thu Oct 24 08:33:11 EST 1996

There is a question that seems to arise almost naturally when working 
with yeast, and i know well that it has been posed at this site several 

Is there apoptose in yeast ?

My background is as follows: i asked several scientists working on 
related topics on yeast if they discovered apoptosis. Interstingly, most 
of them (including me) already looked for this pathway by examining the 
"laddering" phenomenom. None of them discovered such a thing. But very 
recently i have been told, that there was a poster on a conference, 
showing even "ladering" phenotypes for dying yeast cells. Of course i was 
extremely interested in this poster, but all we could reconstruct about 
it was that it was probably shown in a Denver meeting by a scientist 
probably named Villadsen. Unfortunately there is no publication to be 
found from her adressing this question. Was the whole thing 
unreproducible and has not been published for this ? Since there are so 
many people looking for this phenomenom it would not be astonishing that 
one of them got false positive results. 

Did anyone see this poster ?

Naturally i am aware that i am just one of the hundreds of searchers for 
this (there were a lot of articles posted here), but maybe anyone can 
help ? Who is Villadsen ??

Best wishes to all of you


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