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

Abstract

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… (More)

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@article{Solomon1996WhosCA, title={Who's competent and when: regulation of natural genetic competence in bacteria.}, author={Jonathan M. Solomon and A D Grossman}, journal={Trends in genetics : TIG}, year={1996}, volume={12 4}, pages={150-5} }