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8 thoughts on “P30 – Appleton”
What is the difference between a lydic and a lysogenic phage?
A lytic phage inserts its DNA into a host bacterial cell and immediately replicates itself and bursts out of the host cell, effectively killing the host cell. A temperate (lysogenic) phage has another process in which it incorporates its genome into the host cell’s genome, awaiting the right environmental conditions to undergo the same lytic process where it reproduce and breaks out of the cell
What is an example of an experiment you would want to perform in the future?
Me and my lab partner would like to do a restriction digest and PCR experiment in order to determine the cluster of our phage to make it more useful in medical applications.
hoe does the lysogenic phage life cycle differ from the lydic phage?
The lysogenic cycle is when a phage integrates its genome into a host bacterial cells genome. The lytic cycle is the actual process of phage reproducing themselves within a cell to produce more bacteriophage and lysing the host cell.
Is there a reason as to why phages only target bacterial cells?
It’s just what they evolved to infect; it’s their own terrain. Much like humans have to deal with our animal viruses, like COVID and HIV, bacteria are no exception and also have their own class of viruses.