Caister Academic Press

Recombination Processes and Proteins in the Archaea

Michael L. Rolfsmeier and Cynthia A. Haseltine
from: Archaea: New Models for Prokaryotic Biology (Edited by: Paul Blum). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2008)


Since the identification of archaea as a distinct branch of the tree of life, general interest in these curious microbes has been steadily increasing. Archaea bear a strong physical resemblance to bacteria and generally approach central metabolic activities in a comparable manner. Their methods for DNA information processing, however, are strikingly similar to mechanisms found in eukaryotes. In recent years, significant advances have been made in understanding recombination processes in members of the archaeal domain. This review highlights both genetic and in vitro biochemical approaches that have helped to reveal mechanistic details of recombination and takes a look forward to the future of DNA recombination studies in archaea read more ...
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