Medical Definition of Bacteriophage lambda

1. A bacteriophage, or virus which infects bacteria, that infects E. Coli. It has a complex set of regulatory mechanisms to determine whether it will quietly insert its DNA into the bacterial genome to become dormant and to be reproduced whenever the bacterium reproduces (to lysogenize), or whether it will hijack the bacterium's cellular machinery to reproduce itself and prepare to infect more bacteria, causing the bacterium to self-destruct shortly after infection (to lyse). Lambda is particularly useful to geneticists because parts of it can be used to introduce foreign DNA into the bacterial genome, it is a cloning vector. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bacteriophage Lambda

bacteriolytic serum
bacteriophaeophytin b
bacteriophage 2 depolymerase
bacteriophage T3 RNA polymerase
bacteriophage T7 induced DNA polymerase
bacteriophage immunity
bacteriophage lambda (current term)
bacteriophage m13
bacteriophage mu
bacteriophage omicron x174
bacteriophage p1
bacteriophage p2
bacteriophage p22
bacteriophage phi 6
bacteriophage phi x 174
bacteriophage plaque
bacteriophage resistance
bacteriophage t3
bacteriophage t4
bacteriophage t7
bacteriophage typing

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