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Thierry Bardini

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816667505

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816667505.001.0001

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Lambdas All Over the Place

Lambdas All Over the Place

(p.1) Coda Lambdas All Over the Place

Thierry Bardini

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on transduction, a term in virology that implies the process by which genomic material is transferred from one bacterium to another by a virus, or whereby foreign DNA is introduced into another cell through a viral vector. It discusses two alternate modalities of transduction in the λ‎ phage: the lytic and lysogenic cycle. The lytic cycle is the phase where the λ‎ phage penetrates the unicellular organism of the bacterium, reproduces inside, and later “explodes” the host bacterium. On the other hand, the lysogenic cycle is the process where the viral genome of the λ‎ phage integrates and replicates with the bacterium DNA, and remains dormant until conditions deteriorate.

Keywords:   transduction, foreign DNA, λ phage, lytic cycle, lysogenic cycle, unicellular organism, bacterium

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