June 5, 1954

Bacterial Genetics.

JAMA. 1954;155(6):618. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690240084045

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Significant contributions to an understanding of the nature and control of bacterial variation are being made by the investigators in the new field of bacterial genetics. As a result, the genetic interpretation of bacterial activities is being increasingly employed in both basic and applied research. It therefore behooves both the student and the professional bacteriologist to acquaint themselves with the progress made in this field. This book has been devised to fill such a need. General genetic principles derived from studies with higher organisms are presented; the main portion of the book is concerned with the application of these principles to the study of bacteria. The cytological basis of bacterial genetics, mutation, mutagenic agents and mutagenesis, population changes, recombination, and bacterial transformation and transduction are discussed. The final chapter is a speculative discussion of bacteriological problems in the light of newer findings in bacterial genetics. The author suggests that such

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