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In the Anti-CRISPR Jungle, Only the Weak Thrive?

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Summary of "In the Anti-CRISPR Jungle, Only the Weak Thrive?"

If, as we all know, only the strong survive, why do bacterial viruses (phages) encode weak suppressors of a bacterial immune system? In this issue of Cell Host & Microbe, Chevallereau et al. (2019) expertly demonstrate how, in the context of competition with other phages, weakness can be a strength.

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Name: Cell host & microbe
ISSN: 1934-6069
Pages: 157-159

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