Bacterial Genomes

David J McGee dmcge001 at umaryland.edu
Mon May 11 14:11:59 EST 1998

Does anyone know or have thoughts on whether bacterial genomes are in a
state of expansion (perhaps by horizontal transfer of genes, eg.
pathogenicity islands), or in a state of reduction (eg, deletion of
intergenic spaces to form operons).  Over time can we expect bacterial
genomes to become more compact or acquire more DNA from other sources?  

Your thoughts are most appreciated!


David J. McGee, Ph. D.
dmcge001 at umaryland.edu

University of Maryland, Baltimore
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
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655 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

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