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Dehydration or desiccation is one of the most frequent and severe challenges to living cells. The bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans is the best known extremophile among the few organisms that can survive extremely high exposures to desiccation and ionizing radiation, which shatter its genome into hundreds of short DNA fragments. Remarkably, these fragments(More)
Stress-induced transposition is an attractive notion since it is potentially important in creating diversity to facilitate adaptation of the host to severe environmental conditions. One common major stress is radiation-induced DNA damage. Deinococcus radiodurans has an exceptional ability to withstand the lethal effects of DNA-damaging agents (ionizing(More)
A recA mutant (recA423; Arg169-->His), with properties that should help clarify the relationship between the biochemical properties of RecA protein and its two major functions, homologous genetic recombination and recombinational DNA repair, has been isolated. The mutant has been characterized in vivo and the purified RecA423 protein has been studied in(More)
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