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Conjugation

The Role Of Plasmids, Large-scale Gene Transfer, Antibiotic Resistance

Conjugation is one of several mechanisms that bacteria use to transfer DNA, and hence new genetic information, between two cells. The other primary mechanisms are transformation, in which free DNA is transported across the cell membrane, and transduction, in which DNA is carried into the recipient cell by a bacterial virus.

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