Transposon tagging to detect a latent virus in myxococcus xanthus

Todd A Starich, Paul Cordes, James Zissler

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Transposon mutagenesis of the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus with the transposon Tn5 revealed a special class of bacterial mutants that transduced the transposon through culture supernatant fluids. Virus-like particles copurified with transducing activity. Transposon tagging for detecting these virus-like particles may be generally useful in isolating endogenous viral agents capable of transferring genetic information between cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)541-543
Number of pages3
Issue number4725
StatePublished - 1985


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