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Unformatted text preview: 3. In no more than two sentences, what is the advantage to a bacterium of a larger genome? Bacteria with large genomes have to take advantage of scant resources which requires more genes to code for the extra metabolic flexibility needed. This however causes a very slow replication speed. 4. How can a bacterial genome (remember, this refers to the genes of a group of very similar individuals, a species) gain a gene? Be brief. Bacteria can pick up genes through lateral gene transfer which is the uptake of DNA from surroundings or other bacteria by a form of copulation known as bacterial conjugation....
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2011 for the course BIS 002A taught by Professor Unknown during the Summer '09 term at UC Davis.
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