Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, November 25th, 2003
According to published research from Belgium, "A new type of mating, differing from classic conjugation and previously observed in a certain strain of Escherichia coli K-12, has also been found in strains derived from ordinary F-cells of E. coli K-12 exposed to an exogenous factor originating in an E. coli clinical isolate.
"Immunofluorescence and electron microscopy after single and double labelling of DNA were used to produce evidence in favor of a novel mating mechanism by cell contact at the poles of the bacterial rod....
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