bacterial conjugation

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bacterial conjugation

A kind of sexual intercourse between bacteria in which, after close contact between them, DNA is transferred from one to the other. Some bacteria have a tubular structure on the external surface known as a sex pilus. This is believed to be the route of transfer of DNA during conjugation.
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The readings, all in question-and-answer format, touch on high interest topics such as bacterial sex life and interbacterial relationships, microbes as climate makers, and humans as food sources for bacteria.
Blocking the bacterial sex may stall the spread of antibiotic resistance in superbugs, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
4) If we shift to a less zoocentric corporal level to examine bacterial sex and structure, we discover that: