A phage defends its genome against bacterial host defenses by building a wall to keep them out!
Microbe of the episode
Microbe of the episode: Myroides odoratus and M. odoratimimus
Bacteriophages have proteins that can defend against the CRISPR/Cas system, but they mostly require the sacrifice of multiple failed infections before the proteins build up enough to defeat the defense. In this study, a phage is discovered that can immediately defend against all DNA-cutting systems, by constructing a nucleus-like protective compartment inside the host.
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