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Abstract

Bacteriophage T4 is able to adjust its development to the growth parameters of the host cell. Here, we present evidence for the production of two different subpopulations of phage particles, which differ in their ability to infect starved cells. The ability of phage T4 to produce a fraction of virions unable to infect starved cells is linked to the functions of genes and , as well as . This may represent the adaptation of phage T4 in order to persist in unfavourable environmental conditions.

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