The cytochrome c gene of the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe has been cloned by using the Saccharomyces cerevisiae iso-1-cytochrome c gene as a molecular hybridization probe. The DNA sequence and the 5' termini of the mRNA transcripts of the gene have been determined. The DNA sequence has confirmed, with two exceptions, the previously determined protein sequence. The nonrandom distribution of silent third base differences which was observed between the two cytochrome c genes of S. cerevisiae does not extend to the S. pombe cytochrome c gene, suggesting that there are no constraints other than protein function and codon usage which have acted to conserve the cytochrome DNA sequences of the two yeasts. Introduction of the S. pombe cytochrome c gene on a yeast plasmid into a S. cerevisiae mutant which lacked functional cytochrome c transformed that recipient strain for the ability to grow on a nonfermentable carbon source. This implies that the S. pombe cytochrome c gene has all the regulatory signals which are required for its expression in S. cerevisiae, and that none of the amino acid differences between the cytochrome c proteins of the two yeasts has a drastic effect on the function of the protein in vivo.