Redefining bacterial populations: a post-genomic reformation

  title={Redefining bacterial populations: a post-genomic reformation},
  author={Elizabeth Ann Joyce and Kaman Chan and Nina R Salama and Stanley Falkow},
  journal={Nature Reviews Genetics},
Sexual reproduction and recombination are essential for the survival of most eukaryotic populations. Until recently, the impact of these processes on the structure of bacterial populations has been largely overlooked. The advent of large-scale whole-genome sequencing and the concomitant development of molecular tools, such as microarray technology, facilitate the sensitive detection of recombination events in bacteria. These techniques are revealing that bacterial populations are comprised of… CONTINUE READING