Project 2 Multiscale spatial and temporal dynamics of yeast colony development Introduction. In living systems, the characteristics of an individual, including traits such as susceptibility to disease or response to therapy, are determined by the coupling of processes that function at different scales of organization. For example, an individual's DNA sequence constrains the molecular networks that govern its cellular states and behaviors, which in turn determine the form and functions of multi-cellular structures. Microorganisms, including the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, are traditionally used as models for investigating basic cellular processes at the unicellular level. However, unicellular organisms can form multi-cellular communities and differentiate into specialized structures to benefit the population. In some wild isolates of S. cerevisiae colonies (which start from a single cell and divide mitotically to become a structure of -10[8] cells) undergo a morphological transition characterized by complex patterns of

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