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Population genomics of domestic and wild yeasts

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      Since the completion of the genome sequence of Saccharomyces cerevisiae in 1996 1, 2, there has been an exponential increase in complete genome sequences accompanied by great advances in our understanding of genome evolution. Although little is known about the natural and life histories of yeasts in the wild, there are an increasing number of studies looking at ecological and geographic distributions 3, 4, population structure 5- 8, and sexual versus asexual reproduction 9, 10. Less well understood at the whole genome level are the evolutionary processes acting within populations and species leading to adaptation to different environments, phenotypic differences and reproductive isolation. Here we present one- to four-fold or more coverage of the genome sequences of over seventy isolates of the baker's yeast, S. cerevisiae, and its closest relative, S. paradoxus. We examine variation in gene content, SNPs, indels, copy numbers and transposable elements. We find that phenotypic variation broadly correlates with global genome-wide phylogenetic relationships. Interestingly, S. paradoxus populations are well delineated along geographic boundaries while the variation among worldwide S. cerevisiae isolates shows less differentiation and is comparable to a single S. paradoxus population. Rather than one or two domestication events leading to the extant baker's yeasts, the population structure of S. cerevisiae consists of a few well-defined geographically isolated lineages and many different mosaics of these lineages, supporting the idea that human influence provided the opportunity for cross-breeding and production of new combinations of pre-existing variation.

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            [1 ]Institute of Genetics, Queen's Medical Centre, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK
            [2 ]Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1HH, UK
            [3 ]Department of Cell & Systems Biology, University of Toronto, Canada, M5S 2J4
            [4 ]Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Lundberg Laboratory, University of Gothenburg, Medicinaregatan 9c, 41390 Gothenburg, Sweden
            [5 ]National Collection of Yeast Cultures, Institute of Food Research, Norwich Research Park, Colney, Norwich NR4 7UA, UK
            [6 ]Division of Biology, Imperial College London, Silwood Park, Ascot, Berks., SL5 7PY, UK
            [7 ]Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PT, UK
            [8 ]Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA 02139, USA
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            These authors contributed equally to this work


            Present address: School of Biological Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, LG9 3BX

            Author Contributions R.D. and E.J.L. conceived and designed the project. G.L. selected and manipulated yeast strains and extracted DNA samples. M.J., M.A.Q., I.G., S.S., F.S. performed the subcloning and sequencing. D.M.C. did the reference comparison and assembly of the sequences. D.M.C. and G.L. coordinated the collection of data. D.M.C. and R.D. performed much of the global analysis, which was the basis for specific analyses performed by the rest. A.M.M. did the selection studies. E.J.L., G.L. D.M.C., L.B. did the population structure and novel genes analysis. C.M.B. and D.B. performed the analysis of Ty elements abundance. S.A.J., R.P.D., M.J.T.O., A.V. and I.N.R. analysed the rDNA. A.B., V.K. and I.J.T. did the sequence variation and recombination analyses. A.M.M. and A.N.N.B. created a BLAST server. J.W. and A.B. generated the phenomics data. E.J.L. and G.L. wrote the paper, coordinating everyone's contributions.

            Correspondence and requests for materials should be addressed to R. D. ( rd@ ) or E. J. L. ( ed.louis@ ).
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            Funded by: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council :
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