Researchers Discover Bacterial DNA’s Recipe for Success

The DMC’s Lingchong You and his graduate student Teng Wang have developed a new way of modeling how potentially beneficial packages of plasmids can circulate and accumulate through a complex environment that includes many bacterial species. The work has also allowed the team to develop a new factor dubbed the “persistence potential” that, once measured and computed, can predict whether or not a plasmid will continue to thrive in a given population or gradually fade into oblivion. Their results appeared online on November 4th in Nature Communications. Read more here.

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