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- n. relative of the paramecium; often used in genetics research
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A soluble factor that influences mating in tetrahymena called factor active in conjugation (FAC) has been identified.
In the experiment, FAC was removed by washing the co-stimulated tetrahymena and resuspending them in fresh media.
Next, she and Jack Szostak performed an experiment showing that telomeres from one species, a pond-dwelling single-celled organism called tetrahymena, could protect DNA molecules, or mini-chromosomes, from a very distant organism, yeast.
The implications that the whole machinery was conserved across kingdoms; that was obvious as soon as we saw that the tetrahymena telomeres worked in yeast.