Prophage as a genetic reservoir: Promoting diversity and driving innovation in the host community.

@article{Nadeem2017ProphageAA,
  title={Prophage as a genetic reservoir: Promoting diversity and driving innovation in the host community.},
  author={Aniqa Nadeem and Lindi M. Wahl},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2017},
  volume={71 8},
  pages={
          2080-2089
        }
}
Sequencing of bacterial genomes has revealed an abundance of prophage sequences in many bacterial species. Since these sequences are accessible, through recombination, to infecting phages, bacteria carry an arsenal of genetic material that can be used by these viruses. We develop a mathematical model to isolate the effects of this phenomenon on the coevolution of temperate phage and bacteria. The model predicts that prophage sequences may play a key role in maintaining the phage population in… CONTINUE READING
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