FIGURE 1: Alternative fates for diploid yeast.

S. cerevisiae typically have an ovoid shape when proliferating (1), and can differentiate to form chains of elongated pseudohyphal cells (2), rounded quiescent cells that subsequently age and succumb to programmed cell death (3), or tetrad asci, i.e. four haploid spores held together in an ascal sac (4).

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