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Transduction in Mycobacterium smegmatis


SEVERAL people have studied lysogeny and lysogenic conversion in the advanced prokaryote, Mycobacterium1–3, and presented evidence for reciprocal genetic exchange from the lysogenic to the non-lysogenic state. Biochemical and physiological changes induced by lysogenization of M. phlei with mycobacteriophage B2 have been demonstrated by Juhasz4. We wish to report the isolation of a mycobacteriophage capable of mediating transduction in Mycobacterium smegmatis strain SN2, thus providing an opportunity to study the genetics of mycobacteria.

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SUNDAR RAJ, C., RAMAKRISHNAN, T. Transduction in Mycobacterium smegmatis. Nature 228, 280–281 (1970).

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