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Replacement Genome Gives Microbe New Identity

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Science  29 Jun 2007:
Vol. 316, Issue 5833, pp. 1827
DOI: 10.1126/science.316.5833.1827a

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In a feat reported in a paper published online by Science this week (, researchers have induced a bacterium to take up the entire genome of another, related bacterium, thereby transforming one bacterial species into another.