Who's competent and when: regulation of natural genetic competence in bacteria.

@article{Solomon1996WhosCA,
  title={Who's competent and when: regulation of natural genetic competence in bacteria.},
  author={Jonathan Michael Solomon and Alan D Grossman},
  journal={Trends in genetics : TIG},
  year={1996},
  volume={12 4},
  pages={
          150-5
        }
}
Natural genetic competence, the ability of cells to bind to and to take up exogenous DNA, is widespread among bacteria and might be an important mechanism for the horizontal transfer of genes. Competent cells express specialized proteins that assemble into a DNA-uptake complex. In many organisms, the development of competence and expression of the uptake machinery is regulated in response to cell-cell signaling and/or nutritional conditions. Exciting new progress has been made in characterizing… CONTINUE READING
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