Natural genetic transformation generates a population of merodiploids in Streptococcus pneumoniae

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Johnston, C.; Caymaris, S.; Zomer, A.L.; Bootsma, H.J.; Prudhomme, M.; Granadel, C.; Hermans, P.W.M.; Polard, P.; Martin, B.; Claverys, J.P.;

Partial duplication of genetic material is prevalent in eukaryotes and provides potential for evolution of new traits. Prokaryotes, which are generally haploid in nature, can evolve new genes by partial chromosome duplication, known as merodiploidy. Little is known abou... View more
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