Microbial Genomics: The Expanding Universe of Bacterial Defense Systems

Kevin J. Forsberg, Harmit S. Malik

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Abstract

Bacteria protect themselves against infection using multiple defensive systems that move by horizontal gene transfer and accumulate in genomic ‘defense islands’. A recent study exploited these features to uncover ten novel defense systems, substantially expanding the catalog of bacterial defense systems and predicting the discovery of many more. Bacteria protect themselves against infection using multiple defensive systems that move by horizontal gene transfer and accumulate in genomic ‘defense islands’. A recent study exploited these features to uncover ten novel defense systems, substantially expanding the catalog of bacterial defense systems and predicting the discovery of many more.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R361-R364
JournalCurrent Biology
Volume28
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 23 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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