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September 2007 275NEW BIOLOGICAL BOOKS which discuss site-specific recombination, are par-
 

Summary: September 2007 275NEW BIOLOGICAL BOOKS
which discuss site-specific recombination, are par-
ticularly worth mentioning because they read well,
cover the aspects in great detail, and go beyond the
mechanistic view to provide evolutionary and ap-
plied aspects of recombinases. Selected groups of
mobile genetic elements are also well described.
The chapter on the F-plasmid is particularly enjoy-
able. The authors provide an interesting historical
context, a detailed description of the mechanism
of transfer, and briefly describe the role of F-plas-
mids in the still ongoing controversy on adaptive
mutations in bacteria (adaptive mutations are also
nicely discussed from a slightly different perspec-
tive in Chapter 10). Although conjugation and nat-
ural genetic transformation is thoroughly de-
scribed with stand-alone chapters, transduction is
not presented in an individual chapter. Transduc-
tion is, however, mentioned in several chapters, so
the topic is not omitted completely.

  

Source: Archibald, John - Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine