Bacteriophage T1

  • Henry Drexler
Part of the The Viruses book series (VIRS)


Bacteriophage T1 is one of the many phages isolated by Milislav Demerec and was originally identified by the Greek letter α (Delbrück and Luria, 1942). In an attempt to focus the research of phage workers, Max Delbrück selected what he believed to be seven distinct phages from the Demerec collection and designated them T1 through T7, the “T” standing for “type.” Among the many debts owed to Delbrück by the community of phage workers is that his designations for the T phages were symbols that appear on standard American and western European typewriters. It is now known that phages T2, T4, and T6 form a clan of related phages (the so-called “T-even” group) and T3 and T7 are related to each other. T1 and T5 are different from each other and the other T phages (Adams, 1959).


General Recombination Functional Head Amber Mutant Phage Head Restriction Modification System 
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  • Henry Drexler
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  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyWake Forest University Medical CenterWinston-SalemUSA

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