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Justin Fay Unravels the Origin Story of Beer Yeast

April 8, 2019

Justin Fay has brewed wine and beer from dozens of different types of yeast. But not necessarily for drinking pleasure. It’s all in the name of scientific research.

Fay, an associate professor of biology at the University of Rochester, studies yeast in order to tackle bigger questions about evolutionary biology. For example: What is the genetic basis of evolutionary change? What is the basis of differences among species or among individuals within a species?