Catching an invader

This month’s Under the Lens discusses the use of single-molecule tracking in bacteria to study how CRISPR–Cas systems accurately and efficiently identify specific DNA sequences within viruses and other mobile genetic elements, thereby preventing their invasion.

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Correspondence to David J. Sherratt.

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Mäkelä, J., Sherratt, D.J. Catching an invader. Nat Rev Microbiol (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41579-020-0337-8

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