The Infinitely Many Genes Model for the Distributed Genome of Bacteria

  title={The Infinitely Many Genes Model for the Distributed Genome of Bacteria},
  author={Franz Baumdicker and Wolfgang R. Hess and Peter Pfaffelhuber},
  booktitle={Genome biology and evolution},
The distributed genome hypothesis states that the gene pool of a bacterial taxon is much more complex than that found in a single individual genome. However, the possible fitness advantage, why such genomic diversity is maintained, whether this variation is largely adaptive or neutral, and why these distinct individuals can coexist, remains poorly understood. Here, we present the infinitely many genes (IMG) model, which is a quantitative, evolutionary model for the distributed genome. It is… CONTINUE READING
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