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Curr Biol. 2009 Sep 29;19(18):R857-9. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2009.08.007.

Bacterial evolution: dynamic genomes and the power of transformation.

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Centre for the Analysis of Genome Evolution and Function, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S3B2, Canada. david.guttman@utoronto.ca

Abstract

Virulence and avirulence genes carried on large, unstable pathogenicity islands (PAI) strongly influence the course and fate of host-pathogen interactions. A recent study shows how one such PAI can be rapidly transferred between two closely related bacteria via transformation in vivo, and how this horizontal gene transfer affects the fitness of the recipient strain.

PMID:
19788881
DOI:
10.1016/j.cub.2009.08.007
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