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Plasmid Biology

Editors: Barbara E. Funnell1, Gregory J. Phillips2
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Affiliations: 1: Department of Medical Genetics and Microbiology University of TorontoToronto, Ontario Canada; 2: Department of Veterinary Microbiology Iowa State UniversityAmes, Iowa
Content Type: Monograph
Format: Electronic
Publication Year: 2004

Category: Microbial Genetics and Molecular Biology

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captures in a single volume the wealth of information on plasmid structure, function, and biology. Appearing in nearly all organisms that have been examined to date, plasmids exhibit wide variations in size, modes of replication and transmission, host ranges, and genes they carry and have provided us with a great understanding of basic life principles at the molecular level. Written by experts in the field, this book is a valuable source of up-to-date information, delivering the latest impacts of plasmid study upon the areas of bacterial pathogenesis, evolution, genome analysis, chromosome dynamics, and eukaryotic cell biology.

The book opens with an essay on the historical perspective of the study of plasmids, reviewing important events and discoveries that have propelled the field forward. The remaining chapters are divided into six sections, detailing basic biological processes such as replication and inheritance functions, specific plasmid systems, plasmid evolution, and use of plasmids as genetic tools. Chapters include use of genomic approaches for the study of plasmid biology, and a review of plasmids from bacteria, archaea, and eukaryotes is presented. In-depth treatment is given to diversity of plasmid systems in the natural environment, and the development of plasmid use in the laboratory is also covered.

is a single source of valuable information for instructors and students in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on microbial genetics and ecology, bacterial pathogenesis, and biotechnology and will also appeal to researchers seeking to find new relationships between biological processes that are linked by plasmids.

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