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Absence of Lysogeny in Pasteurella pestis

Naturevolume 191pages522523 (1961) | Download Citation



A SURVEY of the literature suggests that most bacteria are lysogenic for one or more phages. This communication reports failure to detect or establish lysogeny among strains of Pasteurella pestis. The object of the work was to obtain a temperate phage suitable for genetic study by means of transduction1 of factors determining virulence in this organism2. Fifty-four different strains of P. pestis (Table 1) were screened for lysogeny and attempts were made to establish lysogeny with phages lytic for P. pestis.

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