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Its genome is linear. When the λ DNA enters E. coli the ends of the linear genome join together to produce a circular genome. Upon infection λ can either follow a lysogenic or lytic pathway. During the lysogenic pathway, the viral genome is integrated into the host genome and is then replicated as part of the host chromosome: no expression of viral structural proteins occurs in this case. If λ enters the lytic pathway (which it can do either directly after infection or by induction from the lysogenic state), proteins required for the formation of progeny virions are made and the viral genome is replicated.

The genomic DNA, from which a fragment is to be cloned, is also cut with the same restriction enzyme to produce linear fragments, which will be of many different sizes depending on where the EcoRI sites occur in the DNA. After inactivating the restriction enzymes, the plasmid and restriction enzyme fragments are mixed in the presence of T4 DNA ligase. 3 a) Two DNA molecules with sticky ends generated by cutting with EcoRI, the bases making up the EcoRI restriction site are indicated in blue. b) Hydrogen bonding between complementary bases causes the molecules, transiently, to stick together.

2). 6 Plasmids Plasmids are nonessential extrachromosomal elements that control their own replication. They are found mainly in bacteria and in some eukaryotic microbes such as yeast and algae. Plasmids are normally circular doublestranded DNA molecules that range in size from as little as 1 kb to over 100 kb although linear plasmids have been observed in Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease. Relative to the size of the bacterial chromosome plasmids are very small. The number of copies of a plasmid in each cell is tightly controlled with a general rule that small plasmids 25 02-Gene-ch2-cpp 26 10/8/06 18:23 Page 26 Gene Cloning tend to have a high copy number, sometimes over 100 copies per cell, whereas larger plasmids may be present in one or a few copies per cell.

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