CRISPR-based herd immunity can limit phage epidemics in bacterial populations

eLife7.70
Volume: 7
Published: Mar 9, 2018
Abstract
Herd immunity, a process in which resistant individuals limit the spread of a pathogen among susceptible hosts has been extensively studied in eukaryotes. Even though bacteria have evolved multiple immune systems against their phage pathogens, herd immunity in bacteria remains unexplored. Here we experimentally demonstrate that herd immunity arises during phage epidemics in structured and unstructured Escherichia coli populations consisting of...
Paper Details
Title
CRISPR-based herd immunity can limit phage epidemics in bacterial populations
Published Date
Mar 9, 2018
Journal
Volume
7
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