Honorary Professor at the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong
Editorial Board Member for BMC Biology, BMC Genomics and BMC Microbiology
Comparative bacterial genomics identifies two sets of clustered genes, horizontally transferred rare genes, and 500 persistent genes, twice the number of essential genes. We investigate experimentally the role of persistent non-essential genes. They resolve metabolic conflicts, and code for energy-dependent degradation complexes trapping information and passing it over generations.
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