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Posted by 03 Jul 2012 at 23:32 GMTon
So (out of curiosity, not disfavor) where do transformation, conjugation, and transduction go? A more specialized microbial genetics course?
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04 Jul 2012 at 14:25 GMTreplied to on
As processes that happen in bacteria, and as causes of gene transfer, yes, they could be introduced in an intro microbiology course. They all should first be taught as processes with their own functions (DNA uptake, infectious transfer of phage and plasmids), before their ability to move chromosomal genes is explained.
As laboratory techniques still sometimes used for bacterial strain construction, they should be taught only in an advanced bacterial genetics course.