T4 Bacteriophage as a Model Genetic System

  • Edward A. Birge
Part of the Springer Series in Microbiology book series (SSMIC)


This chapter, in combination with Chapters 5 and 6, present an overview of some of the most extensively studied bacteriophages. The intent of the three chapters is to illustrate the basic nature of genetic processes using some of the simplest genetic systems as examples. In Chapter 2 the distinction was made between phages that are always virulent and those that can temper their lytic response to form lysogens. Chapters 4 and 5 discuss the intemperate (i.e., virulent) phages, and Chapter 6 discusses the problems associated with lysogeny. The details concerning regulation of the metabolic activities discussed in these chapters are deferred until Chapter 12.


Phage Particle Phage Infection Tail Fiber Late mRNA Eclipse Phase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward A. Birge
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  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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