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Transformations of LamarckismFrom Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology$
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Snait B. Gissis and Eva Jablonka

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015141

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015141.001.0001

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Epigenetic Variability in a Predator-Prey System

Epigenetic Variability in a Predator-Prey System

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(p.205) 20 Epigenetic Variability in a Predator-Prey System
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Transformations of Lamarckism
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Sivan Pearl

Amos Oppenheim

Nathalie Q. Balaban

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015141.003.0020

Epigenetic variability is the variability observed between organisms despite identical genetic and environmental conditions. An example of this variability is bacterial persistence, which refers to survival of bacteria after antibiotic stress, or bacteria are in a “dormant” state prior to antibiotic treatment. In this chapter, the epigenetic variability in a predator-prey system is closely examined. The chapter investigates the effect of dormant persister bacteria on the bacterial-phage interaction and determines whether bacteria persistent to antibiotic treatment are also protected from phage attacks.

Keywords:   epigenetic variability, bacterial persistence, antibiotic stress, predator-prey system, persister bacteria, bacterial-phage interaction

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