A common trick for transferring bacterial DNA

Bacteriophages (or phages) are viruses that infect and parasitize bacteria. These phages can transfer DNA from one bacterium to another through a process known as genetic transduction. This is thought to be the major means by which bacteria evolve and acquire the antibiotic resistance and virulence factors that accelerate the emergence of new and progressively more pathogenic strains. Up to now, two mechanisms of genetic transduction were known: generalized and specialized transduction. For over 60 years, since their discovery by American scientist and Nobel laureate Joshua Lederberg, these two mechanisms have stood as the only mechanisms of genetic transduction.

A common trick for transferring bacterial DNA

Thu 11 Oct 18 from Science Now

New route of acquiring antibiotic resistance in bacteria is the most potent one to date

Bacteriophages (or phages) are viruses that infect and parasitize bacteria. These phages can transfer DNA from one bacterium to another through a process known as genetic transduction. This ...

Thu 11 Oct 18 from Phys.org

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NewsResearchers reported the discovery of a third mode of genetic transduction.Contributed Author: National University of Singapore, Yong Loo Ling School of MedicineTopics: Disease ...

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