DNA sequence similarity requirements for interspecific recombination in Bacillus.

@article{Majewski1999DNASS,
  title={DNA sequence similarity requirements for interspecific recombination in Bacillus.},
  author={Jacek Majewski and Frederick Cohan},
  journal={Genetics},
  year={1999},
  volume={153 4},
  pages={
          1525-33
        }
}
Gene transfer in bacteria is notoriously promiscuous. Genetic material is known to be transferred between groups as distantly related as the Gram positives and Gram negatives. However, the frequency of homologous recombination decreases sharply with the level of relatedness between the donor and recipient. Several studies show that this sexual isolation is an exponential function of DNA sequence divergence between recombining substrates. The two major factors implicated in producing the… CONTINUE READING

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