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Bacteria get vaccinated

Infection by defective bacterial viruses that cannot replicate has now been found to be the key feature enabling bacteria to rapidly develop adaptive immunity against functional viruses.

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Figure 1: Immunity through attenuated viruses.

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Barrangou, R., Klaenhammer, T. Bacteria get vaccinated. Nature 513, 175–176 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/513175a

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