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Res Microbiol. 2007 Dec;158(10):745-53. Epub 2007 Oct 4.

The genomic and metabolic diversity of Rickettsia.

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Department of Molecular Evolution, Evolutionary Biology Center, Uppsala University, Norbyvägen 18C, S-752 36 Uppsala, Sweden. hans.henrik.fuxelius@ebc.uu.se

Abstract

Comparative genomics of Rickettsia and Orientia has revealed an exciting interplay between reductive evolutionary forces acting on metabolic genes in all species and proliferation of mobile genetic elements in some species. These contradictory evolutionary forces highlight the influence of chance, adaptation and host-cell exploitation during the evolution of intracellular bacteria.

PMID:
18031998
DOI:
10.1016/j.resmic.2007.09.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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