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J Virol. 2015 Aug;89(16):8107-10. doi: 10.1128/JVI.01340-15. Epub 2015 May 27.

Dark Matter of the Biosphere: the Amazing World of Bacteriophage Diversity.

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Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania gfh@pitt.edu.

Abstract

Bacteriophages are the most abundant biological entities in the biosphere, and this dynamic and old population is, not surprisingly, highly diverse genetically. Relative to bacterial genomics, phage genomics has advanced slowly, and a higher-resolution picture of the phagosphere is only just emerging. This view reveals substantial diversity even among phages known to infect a common host strain, but the relationships are complex, with mosaic genomic architectures generated by illegitimate recombination over a long period of evolutionary history.

PMID:
26018169
PMCID:
PMC4524254
DOI:
10.1128/JVI.01340-15
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