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    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Recombinational branch migration by the RadA/Sms paralog of RecA in Escherichia coli

    Deani L Cooper, Susan T Lovett
    The role of the bacterial protein RadA in homologous recombination – a DNA repair pathway vital to all cells – is defined.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution of extreme resistance to ionizing radiation via genetic adaptation of DNA repair

    Rose T Byrne et al.
    Experiments on E. coli show that multiple mechanisms contribute to extreme resistance to ionizing radiation in bacteria, with mutations to three genes for DNA repair having a prominent role in one evolved population.