Bacterial transduction

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Bacterial transduction. The third important kind of bacterial recombination is transduction. In  transduction, bacterial viruses (also known as bacteriophages) transfer DNA fragments from one  bacterium (the donor) to another bacterium (the recipient). The viruses involved contain a strand of  DNA enclosed in an outer coat of protein.  After a bacteriophage (or phage, in brief) enters a bacterium, it may encourage the bacterium to  make copies of the phage. At the conclusion of the process, the host bacterium undergoes lysis and  releases new phages. This cycle is called the lytic cycle. Under other circumstances, the virus may  attach to the bacterial chromosome and integrate its DNA into the bacterial DNA. It may remain here  for a period of time before detaching and continuing its replicative process. This cycle is known as  the lysogenic cycle. Under these conditions, the virus does not destroy the host bacterium, but 
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course BIO 101 taught by Professor Pesthy during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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