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A form of genetic transfer that involves the uptake of a fragment of DNA from the environment is called ___.



A bacterial cell with an F factor conjugates with an F- cell. Following conjugation, the two cells would be..



Which of the following is a type of plasmid?
A. F factor (fertility factor)
B. R factor (resistance plasmid)
C. Virulence plasmids
D. All of the above

D. All of the above


With regard to conjugation, a key difference between F+ and Hfr cells is that an Hfr cell..

Transfers a portion of the bacterial chromosome to the recipient cell


In mapping experiments, ___ strains are conjugated to F- strains. The distance between two genes is determined by comparing their ___ during a conjugation experiment.

Hfr, times of entry


During transduction via P1,

Any small fragment of the bacterial chromosome may be transferred to another bacterium by a bacteriophage


Cotransduction may be used to map bacterial genes that are..

Close together on the bacterial chromosome


From the following list, what is the correct order for the steps of transformation?
1. Recombination with the bacterial chromosome
2. Binding of a large DNA fragment to the surface of a bacterial cell
3. Cutting a large DNA fragment into smaller pieces
4. Uptake of DNA into the cytoplasm
5. Degradation of one of the DNA strands

2, 3, 5, 4, 1


Some bacterial species preferentially take up DNA fragments from members of their own species. This can occur via..

- competence-stimulating peptide (CSP)
- DNA uptake signal sequences


Which is an example of horizontal gene transfer?

All of the above

- the transfer of a gene from one strain of E. coli to a different strain via conjugation
- the transfer of a gene from one strain of E. coli to a different strain via transduction
- the transfer of an antibiotic resistance gene from E. coli to Salmonella typhimurium via transformation


A bacterial plague is..

A clear region in a bacterial lawn where the bacteria have been lysed


When two different alleles that affect the same trait exhibit complementation, an interpretation is that..

The alleles occur in two different genes


The goal of intragenic mapping is to determine the..

Order and distance between mutations in a single gene


Describe how gene transfer can explain the growth of colonies on the middle plate.

To grow, the colonies must have functional copies of all five genes. This could occur by the transfer of the met+ and bio+ genes to the met- bio- thr+ leu+ thi+ stain or the transfer of the thr+, leu+, and thi+ genes to the met+ bio+ thr- leu- thi- strain.


With regard to studying the mechanism of conjugation, what is the purpose of using a U-tube?

Because bacteria are too small to pass through the filter, the apparatus can determine if direct cell-to-cell contact is necessary for gene transfer to occur.


Would his circular DNA molecule be found in an F+ or F- cell?

F+ cell


What are the functions of relaxase, coupling factor, and the exporter?

Relaxase is a part of the relaxosome, which is needed for the cutting of the F factor and its transfer to the recipient cell

The coupling factor guides the DNA strand to the exporter

The exporter transports it to the recipient cell


How is an F' factor different from an F factor?

F' factor carries a portion of the bacterial chromosome, whereas an F factor does not


With regard to the timing of conjugation, explain why the recipient cell in the top right is pro- whereas the recipient cell in the bottom right is pro+

Because conjugation occurred for a longer period of time, pro+ was transferred in the conjugation experiment shown in the bottom right


Why is the scale of this map in minutes?

The type of map is based on the time of gene transfer in conjugation experiments, which is determined in minutes


lacZ started at 16 minutes and galE at 25 minutes

Which of these two genes is closer to the origin of transfer?

The lacZ gene is closer to the origin of transfer


Transduction is sometimes described as a mistake in the bacteriophage reproductive cycle. Explain how it is a mistake.

The normal process is for bacteriophage DNA to be incorporated into a phage coat. In transduction, a segment of bacterial chromosomal DNA is incorporated into a phage coat.


If these two genes were very far apart on the bacterial chromosome, how would the results have been different?

If the two genes were very far apart, the arg+ gene would never be cotransduced with the met+ gene.


If the recipient cell did not already have a lys- gene, could the lys+ DNA become incorporated into the bacterial chromosome? Explain.

Yes by nonhomologous recombination