BacterioFiles 333 – Transposons Take Targeting Tool
This episode: Certain transposons, genetic elements that move around the genome on their own, have co-opted the bacterial immune system, CRISPR, to use for jumping to new hosts! Thanks to Dr. Joseph Peters for his contribution!
Download Episode (10.7 MB, 11.75 minutes) Show notes: Microbe of the episode: Streptomyces yokosukanensis Journal Paper: Peters JE, Makarova KS, Shmakov S, Koonin EV. 2017. Recruitment of CRISPR-Cas systems by Tn7-like transposons. Proc Natl Acad Sci 114:E7358–E7366.
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