Increasing competence in the genus Streptococcus.

  title={Increasing competence in the genus Streptococcus.},
  author={Leiv Sigve H{\aa}varstein},
  journal={Molecular microbiology},
  volume={78 3},
Streptococcus pneumoniae is one of the most important model organisms for studies on natural genetic transformation in bacteria. The prevalence of this gene exchange mechanism in the genus Streptococcus has not been subjected to systematic investigations, but it has been known for decades that only a few streptococcal species develop the competent state spontaneously when grown under laboratory conditions. The recent discovery of a new mechanism regulating natural transformation in… CONTINUE READING

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