Genetics HW#4 - bacteria can not use transformation as a...

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Considering conjugation and transformation as methods of transfer of DNA in bacteria, which of the two do you think would be more efficient in transferring DNA, and why? I think conjugation is a better method for efficient DNA transfer. According to the text, transformation requires that the recipient cell have a competence factor to make sure that the DNA can bind to the cell. Not all cells have this competence factor and so most
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Unformatted text preview: bacteria can not use transformation as a means of genetic exchange. Also energy is required for transformation to occur in the form of a single strand of DNA. In conjugation the two cells only need to meet up with each other and transfer the genetic material directly, without the help of competence factors. Conjugation also has some downsides, but all in all I feel that conjugation is more efficient in transferring DNA....
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course BIOL 214 taught by Professor Stark during the Spring '06 term at Illinois Tech.

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