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Res Microbiol. 2008 Jun;159(5):314-24. doi: 10.1016/j.resmic.2008.04.014. Epub 2008 Jun 25.

The immense journey of bacteriophage T4--from d'Hérelle to Delbrück and then to Darwin and beyond.

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  • 1Laboratoire de Microbiologie et Génétique Moléculaires, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université Paul Sabatier-Toulouse III UMR5100, 31062 Toulouse, France.


In spite of their importance, the genomics, diversity and evolution of phages and their impact on the biosphere have remained largely unexplored research domains in microbiology. Here, we report on some recent studies with the T4 phage superfamily that shed some new light on these topics.

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