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Single Gene Lets Bacteria Jump From Host to Host


February 1, 2009

bobtail squid With the help of a squid that uses a luminescent bacterium to create a predator-fooling light organ and a fish that uses a different strain of the same species of bacteria like a flashlight to illuminate the dark nooks of the reefs where it lives, scientists have found that gaining a single gene is enough for the microbe to switch. Full Story

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University of Wisconsin

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