Prophages self-destruct to eliminate competitors

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Bacteria have evolved many immune systems to combat their viral parasites (i.e., phages). In this issue of Cell Host & Microbe, Owen et al. discover a mechanism of anti-phage immunity that is mediated by a phage-encoded protein, and thus provide an example of how inter-phage conflict can promote survival of the bacterial population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1603-1605
Number of pages3
JournalCell Host and Microbe
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 10 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Virology


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