The unexpected complexity of bacterial genomes
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Colleges, School and Institutes
- School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham
Gene organization and control are described by models conceived in the 1960s. These models explain basic gene regulatory mechanisms and underpin current genome annotation. However, such models struggle to explain recent genome-scale observations. For example, accounts of RNA synthesis initiating within genes, widespread antisense transcription and non-canonical DNA binding by gene regulatory proteins are difficult to reconcile with traditional thinking. As a result, unexpected observations have often been dismissed and downstream consequences ignored. In this paper I will argue that, to fully understand the biology of bacterial chromosomes, we must embrace their hidden layers of complexity.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2016|
- Journal Article