1
$\begingroup$

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?

$\endgroup$
2
$\begingroup$

Correct.

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)

$\endgroup$

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.