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Bacterial evolution: Resistance is a numbers game

Plasmids are well known for spreading antibiotic-resistance genes between bacterial strains. Recent experiments show that they can also act as catalysts for evolutionary innovation, promoting rapid evolution of novel antibiotic resistance.

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  1. James P. J. Hall and Ellie Harrison are at the Department of Biology, University of York, York, YO10 5DD, UK.

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