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More Fun Than Fun: Science Is Impoverished Without Its Tales.

Gadagkar, R (2023) More Fun Than Fun: Science Is Impoverished Without Its Tales. In: Journal of science education .

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I spent the second half of the 1970s at the Microbiology and Cell Biology Laboratory at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, immersed in studying the lysogenic mycobacteriophage I3. Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria and use the host bacterial machinery to make copies of themselves. This one infects Mycobacteria, hence it is a mycobacteriophage. Lytic bacteriophages burst open the host-bacterium to release their offspring, infecting other healthy bacteria and continuing the cycle. On the other hand, lysogenic bacteriophages have a dual strategy: they can either follow the lytic life cycle right away or lie low for many bacterial generations before they make copies of themselves and burst the host cell.

Item Type: Editorials/Short Communications
Publication: Journal of science education
Publisher: Science wire
Additional Information: The copyright of this article belongs to the Authors.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2023 09:58
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2023 09:58
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/81218

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