Mycoplasma host specificity: fact or fiction?

  title={Mycoplasma host specificity: fact or fiction?},
  author={David G Pitcher and Robin A. J. Nicholas},
  journal={Veterinary journal},
  volume={170 3},
Bacteria of the genus Mycoplasma are the smallest organisms known to be capable of self-replication. They only occur in association with animal host cells on which they are dependant for many pre-formed nutrients since they lack many of the metabolic pathways associated with energy production and the synthesis of cell components found in other species of bacteria. It is generally thought that most species of Mycoplasma are very host specific but there are many reports of mycoplasmas in hosts… CONTINUE READING

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