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Constancy and Change in Bacterial Genomes

  • Monica Riley
Part of the Bacteria in Nature book series (BANA, volume 3)

Abstract

This chapter discusses general properties of the bacterial genome. The attributes that tend to remain the same and the mechanisms for introducing change are contrasted. The two opposing tendencies for constancy and change contribute to a dynamic condition in which genetic variants arise, providing diversity to bacterial populations, but at the same time conservative tendencies are at work maintaining the fitness of the organism and the essential genetic identity of each bacterial species.

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Bacterial Genome Insertion Sequence Synonymous Codon Enteric Bacterium Bacterial Chromosome 
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  • Monica Riley
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  1. 1.Biochemistry DepartmentState University of New York at Stony BrookStony BrookUSA

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