The process of transferring a certain plasmid of DNA known as the F plasmid (or sex plasmid) from bacteria individuals who have it (known as "males") to bacteria individuals who do not already have it (known as "females") by way of direct contact between the bacteria individuals called a conjugation bridge. Once transfer is completed, the female individual becomes a male individual and both parties have a copy of the F plasmid.


From the BioTech Dictionary at http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/. For further information see the BioTech homenode.

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