Evolution of Chlamydia trachomatis diversity occurs by widespread interstrain recombination involving hotspots.


Chlamydia trachomatis is an obligate intracellular bacterium of major public health significance, infecting over one-tenth of the world's population and causing blindness and infertility in millions. Mounting evidence supports recombination as a key source of genetic diversity among free-living bacteria. Previous research shows that intracellular bacteria… (More)