In reading about S. cerevisiae there are two mating types, one being the Latin letter a and the other being the Greek letter α.

How are these two types pronounced such that they can be differentiated?

In other words when I pronounce the text I don't want to say 'a' for both of them; there should be a different word or phrase for each one so that they are known to be different.

Is it simply that a is pronounced as a and α is pronounced as alpha?



Haploid mating types in Saccharomyces cerevisiae are MATa (pronouce a as in day) and MATα (i.e. MAT-alpha).

For convenience you could also refer to the corresponding alleles as MATa or MATalpha (see also here)


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