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Curr Opin Microbiol. 1999 Oct;2(5):524-8.

Codon usage and lateral gene transfer in Bacillus subtilis.

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Unité de Régulation de l'Expression Génétique Institut Pasteur 28 rue du Docteur Roux, 75724, Paris, Cedex 15, France.


Bacillus subtilis possesses three classes of genes, differing by their codon preference. One class corresponds to prophages or prophage-like elements, indicative of the existence of systematic lateral gene transfer in this organism. The nature of the selection pressure that operates on codon bias is beginning to be understood.

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