Mapping of Point Mutations on the Physical Map of Coliphage Lambda: Absence of Clustering for Odd-Numbered Exchanges

  • F. R. Blattner
  • J. D. Borel
  • T. M. Shinnick
  • W. Szybalski


One of the classic problems of genetics concerns the relationship between the genetic map, measured in recombination frequency units, and the physical map, measured in nucleotide pairs along a DNA molecule. For Escherichia coli bacteriophage λ the gross correlation between the genetic and physical maps was discussed by Campbell (1971), Davidson and Szybalski (1971) and Signer (1971). In the present study we undertook to analyze recombination very precisely and quantitatively within a short segment of the λ genome in the so-called immunity region. The advantage of this region is the availability of many point mutations and deletions, studied intensively by earlier authors (see e.g., Kaiser, 1957; Kayajanian, 1968, 1970; Lieb, 1966; Gussin et al., 1973), and of a precise physical map (Fiandt and Szybalski, 1973; Blattner et al., 1972, 1974). The position of mutations can be established by several methods, including calculations based on recombination frequency between point mutations, the techniques of deletion mapping, and the present method of extrapolation mapping. This work is an extension of our earlier and current mapping of the p L mutant sexl (Blattner et al., 1972, 1974), and was summarized by Blattner and Borel (1973).


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Double Exchange Bacteriophage Lambda Nucleotide Pair Double Crossover 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. R. Blattner
    • 1
  • J. D. Borel
    • 1
  • T. M. Shinnick
    • 1
  • W. Szybalski
    • 1
  1. 1.McArdle Laboratory for Cancer ResearchUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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