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conjugation




The temporary union of unicellular organisms, during which genetic material is transferred between the two cells; a primitive mode of reproduction. In prokaryotes, plasmids transfer copies of bacterial genes from one bacterium to another. Gene transfer as a means of plasmid movement was discovered by Joshua Lederberg and Edward Tatum in 1947.


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