Chapter 17 : Bacteria as Tools for Research

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Fundamental research on bacteria by searching to characterize their specific properties, the mechanisms they use for survival, and for maximally using resources available in the various niches where they reside and multiply has yielded sometimes astonishing and unexpected developments. From the discovery of penicillin to the genomic modification and genome-editing techniques based on the CRISPR/Cas9 system (CRISPR is clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats), basic research has unveiled countless principles that have become the foundation for breakthroughs, subsequent studies, and new applications. This chapter highlights some of the most significant and useful discoveries over the years.

Citation: Cossart P. 2018. Bacteria as Tools for Research, p 125-133. In The New Microbiology: From Microbiomes to CRISPR. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781683670117.ch17
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