F plasmid, F factor, fertility factor
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F plasmid, F factor, fertility factoror
sex factora plasmid that confers donor status on an F+ CELL, so that the F+ cell transfers a copy of the F plasmid, and chromosomal DNA at low frequency, to an F-CELL during CONJUGATION, the recipient becoming F+. See also HFR STRAIN.
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