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Title The horizontal gene pool : bacterial plasmids and gene spread / edited by Christopher M. Thomas
Published Amsterdam : Harwood Academic Publishers, ©2000


Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 419 pages) : illustrations
Contents 1. Plasmid replication and copy number control / M. Espinosa [and others] -- 2. Plasmid maintenance systems / K. Gerdes [and others] -- 3. Conjugative-DNA transfer processes / E.L. Zechner [and others] -- 4. Ecology of plasmid transfer and spread / J.D. van Elsas [and others] -- 5. Isolation and characterisation of plasmids from bacteria / K. Smalla, M. Osborn and E.M.H. Wellington -- 6. Phenotypic traits conferred by plasmids / E.M. Top [and others] -- 7. Bacterial population genetics: do plasmids maintain bacterial diversity and adaptation? / A. Lilley, P. Young and M. Bailey -- 8. The evolution of bacterial plasmids / M. Osborn [and others] -- 9. Gene recruiters and transporters: the modular structure of bacterial mobile elements / C. Merlin [and others]
Summary Bacteria are the most ubiquitous of all organisms being responsible not only for a number of diseases but also for many of the chemical cycles on which life on earth depends. Vital to their genetic adaptability is the existence of autonomous genetic elements-plasmids-which promote genetic exchange and recombination. The genes carried by any particular plasmid may be found only in few individuals of any species but can also be shared with other species and thus constitute a horizontal gene pool. This book deals with the various contributions that plasmids make to this pool-the replication, stab
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Plasmids.
Bacterial genetics.
Molecular evolution.
Genes, Bacterial
Evolution, Molecular
Plasmids -- genetics
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Genetics & Genomics.
Molecular evolution
Bacterial genetics
Form Electronic book
Author Thomas, Christopher M
LC no. 2002421800
ISBN 0203304330
Other Titles Bacterial plasmids and gene spread