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J Virol. 2012 Feb;86(4):2382-4. doi: 10.1128/JVI.06870-11.

Complete genome sequences of 138 mycobacteriophages.

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  • 1Pittsburgh Bacteriophage Institute and Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. gfh@pitt.edu

Abstract

Bacteriophages are the most numerous biological entities in the biosphere, and although their genetic diversity is high, it remains ill defined. Mycobacteriophages-the viruses of mycobacterial hosts-provide insights into this diversity as well as tools for manipulating Mycobacterium tuberculosis. We report here the complete genome sequences of 138 new mycobacteriophages, which-together with the 83 mycobacteriophages previously reported-represent the largest collection of phages known to infect a single common host, Mycobacterium smegmatis mc(2) 155.

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PMC3302410
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