MCAT Biology Question — Genetic Information
- May 09, 2018
- MCAT Question of the Day
- Reviewed By: Liz Flagge
Which term describes exchange of viral and/or bacterial genetic information from one cell to another via a viral bacteriophage vector?
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Exchange of viral and/or bacterial genetic information from one cell to another via a viral bacteriophage vector defines transduction.
A. transformation, incorrect, Transformation describes a bacterium acquiring new genetic material from the surrounding environment through the cell membrane.
B. translocation, incorrect, Translocation refers to movement of genetic information to a different chromosomal location on a nonhomologous chromosome.
C. transduction, correct.
D. transcription, incorrect, Transcription describes creation of mRNA from a DNA template.
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