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Bacterial Sex: Playing Voyeurs 50 Years Later

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Science  08 Aug 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5634, pp. 802-803
DOI: 10.1126/science.1085154

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Abstract

The concept of chromosomes with a ring structure was born during the early studies of bacterial sexuality, and the discovery of fertility factors— episomes or plasmids—provided much later the key tools for gene cloning and biotechnology. But the plasmid-mediated transfer of antibiotic and other resistances, as well as pathogenicity, has served bacteria well in their own adaptive evolution.

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