prophage-mediated conversion

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The acquisition of new properties by a bacterium once it becomes lysogenized. A prophage, for example, confers upon its bacterial host an immunity to infection by related phages. Lysogenized bacteria also often show changes in their antigenic properties or in the toxins they produce. See Chronology, 1951, Freeman; diphtheria toxin.

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