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What happens during lysogenic conversion?

Posted January 26, 2023


Lysogenic conversion refers to the process that takes place between a bacterium and a phage that is often beneficial for the bacterium. During this process, the phage inserts specific characteristics into the bacterial genes. The added genetic information provided by the DNA of the prophage may enable the bacterium to possess new genetic traits, increasing its chances of survival.

Additional resources

Phages and the Evolution of Bacterial Pathogens: from Genomic Rearrangements to Lysogenic Conversion

Covidyte™ EN450

MycoLight™ Live Bacteria Fluorescence Imaging Kit