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Escherichia coli

Rowland H. Davis

in The Microbial Models of Molecular Biology

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195154368
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893935 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154368.003.0007
Escherichia coli

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This chapter focuses on the choice of a model organism, in this case the bacterium Escherichia coli, in the development of molecular genetics. It shows that this choice was made inconspicuously just three years after Beadle and Tatum published their 1941 paper on the first biochemical mutants of Neurospora.

Keywords: Escherichia coli; bacterium; model organisms; model systems; molecular genetics

Chapter.  8240 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biochemistry

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