Stepwise formation of the bacterial flagellar system.

@article{Liu2007StepwiseFO,
  title={Stepwise formation of the bacterial flagellar system.},
  author={Renyi Liu and Howard Ochman},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2007},
  volume={104 17},
  pages={7116-21}
}
Elucidating the origins of complex biological structures has been one of the major challenges of evolutionary studies. The bacterial flagellum is a primary example of a complex apparatus whose origins and evolutionary history have proven difficult to reconstruct. The gene clusters encoding the components of the flagellum can include >50 genes, but these clusters vary greatly in their numbers and contents among bacterial phyla. To investigate how this diversity arose, we identified all homologs… CONTINUE READING
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