2020 DOI: 10.20944/preprints202009.0405.v1 View full text Preprint
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Chloé Virolle, Kelly Goldlust, Sarah Djermoun, Sarah Bigot, Christian Lesterlin

Abstract: Bacterial conjugation, also referred to as bacterial sex, is a major horizontal gene transfer mechanism where the DNA is transferred from a donor to a recipient bacterium by direct contact. Conjugation is universally conserved among bacteria and occurs in a wide range of environments (soil, plant surfaces, water, sewage, biofilms and host-associated bacterial communities). Within these habitats, conjugation drives the rapid evolution and adaptation of bacterial strains by mediating the propagation of various m…

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