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Scientists recommend 'vaccinating' bacteria against viruses

Protecting industrially-important bacteria from virus and plasmid infections could bring huge economic rewards, a team of scientists at Wageningen University in the Netherlands is reporting at the Society for General Microbiology's 2010 spring meeting.
 

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This key experiment shows the successful protection of a phage-sensitive bacterial strain against a ...
This key experiment shows the successful protection of a phage-sensitive bacterial strain against a virus. Top-right - bacteria growing in the absence of a virus; Top-left - holes in the culture caused by an infecting virus; Bottom - when equipped with specific CRISPR defense system components, the bacteria became resistant to the virus.
John van der Oost