The early phase of a bacterial insertion sequence infection.


Bacterial insertion sequences are the simplest form of autonomous mobile DNA. It is unknown whether they need to have beneficial effects to infect and persist in bacterial populations, or whether horizontal gene transfer suffices for their persistence. We address this question by using branching process models to investigate the critical, early phase of an… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.tpb.2010.08.003