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Bacteria Are Smartphones and Mobile Genes Are Apps

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JournalTrends in microbiology
DateAccepted/In press - 7 Sep 2016
DateE-pub ahead of print - 24 Sep 2016
DatePublished (current) - Dec 2016
Issue number12
Number of pages2
Pages (from-to)931-932
Early online date24/09/16
Original languageEnglish


Bacterial core and accessory genome components are analogous to the operating system and applications of smartphones. The core genome provides stable taxonomy and species lists, but phenotypes reflect the mobile pool of accessory genes. This suggests changes to the ways we define bacterial species and describe bacterial communities.

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