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Towards a taxonomy of conjugative plasmids

Abstract: Conjugative plasmids are the keystone of horizontal gene transfer. Metagenomic research and clinical understanding of plasmid transmission beg for a taxonomical approach to conjugative plasmid classification. Up to now, a meaningful classification was difficult to achieve for lack of appropriate analytical tools. The advent of the genomic era revolutionized the landscape, offering a plethora of plasmid sequences as well as bioinformatic analytical tools. Given the need and the opportunity, in view of the available evidence, a taxonomy of conjugative plasmids is proposed in the hope that it will leverage plasmid studies.

 Fuente: Current Opinion in Microbiology 2017, 38, 106-113

 Publisher: Elsevier

 Year of publication: 2017

 No. of pages: 8

 Publication type: Article

 DOI: 10.1016/j.mib.2017.05.005

 ISSN: 1369-5274,1879-0364

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