Asked Oct 1, 2019

Explain the imporatnce of the Joshua Lederberg and Edward Tatum experiment (1946) as it relates to bacterial DNA.


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Joshua Lederberg was an American molecular biologist. He is known for his contribution in microbial genetics.

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Nobel Prize winners Joshua Lederberg and Edward Tatum discovered the bacterial conjugation in 1946.

They showed that the Escherichia coli bacterium entered a sexual stage during which it can share the genetic information.

Bacterial conjugation is defined as the movement of genetic material among the bacterial cells either by a direct cell-to...


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