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Curr Opin Microbiol. 2001 Oct;4(5):582-5.

The rise and fall of mutator bacteria.

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E9916, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, Faculté de Médecine Necker - Enfants Malades, Université René Descartes Paris V, 156 rue de Vaugirard, 75015 Paris, France.


Bacteria with elevated mutation rates are frequently found among natural isolates. This is probably because of their ability to generate genetic variability, the substrate for natural selection. However, such high mutation rates can lead to the loss of vital functions. The evolution of bacterial populations may happen through alternating periods of high and low mutation rates. The cost and benefits of high mutation rates in the course of bacterial adaptive evolution are reviewed.

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