Biology 2010 Student Edition

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 9780133669510
ISBN 13: 978-0-13366-951-0

Chapter 12, DNA - Assessment - 12.1 Identifying the Substance of Genes - Understand Key Concepts/Think Critically - Page 356: 2



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Bacteria are infected by a type of virus called a bacteriophage. These bacteriophages latch onto the cell wall of bacteria and inject their genetic material into the bacteria. Once the genetic material is inside a bacterium, it takes over the bacterium's machinery and starts making new viruses from the instructions found in the bacteriophage's genes.
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