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Trends Microbiol. 1999 May;7(5):212-9.

Gene transfer systems for the Archaea.

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  • 1Center of Marine Biotechnology, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, Baltimore, MD 21202, USA.


The recent focus on exobiology and the potential for life in extreme environments has generated a great deal of interest in the Archaea because of their adaptation to extremes of temperature, salinity and anaerobicity. Recent advances in the development of genetic transfer systems for the Archaea provide the first glimpse of their genetic mechanisms and have the potential to serve as powerful tools for studying their unique adaptive strategies.

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