Exploring marine phage hunting in the Pensacola Beach area

A bacteriophage (often referred to as a "phage") is a type of virus that infects bacteria. Specific phage strains only infect specific bacterial species. Phages can have two types of life cycles: lytic and temperate.
• Lytic phages force a host cell to quickly replicate the virus, which causes the cell to lyse.
• Temperate/lysogenic phages mostly follow the lysogenic cycle, which does not result in the immediate death of the host.
Phages are highly abundant in ocean environments; up to 10 million phages may be found in a single drop of seawater. Despite this, not much is known about the full scope of their diversity.
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Abstract/Description: A bacteriophage (often referred to as a "phage") is a type of virus that infects bacteria. Specific phage strains only infect specific bacterial species. Phages can have two types of life cycles: lytic and temperate. • Lytic phages force a host cell to quickly replicate the virus, which causes the cell to lyse. • Temperate/lysogenic phages mostly follow the lysogenic cycle, which does not result in the immediate death of the host. Phages are highly abundant in ocean environments; up to 10 million phages may be found in a single drop of seawater. Despite this, not much is known about the full scope of their diversity.
Subject(s): Pensacola Beach
Undergraduate Research
Bacteriophage