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A bacterium mutation that causes the production of a defective pilus in the bacterium will prevent __. This is a phenomenon known as bacterial conjugation, and it is one of the few ways bacteria are transferred to other organisms.

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Post Content (continued): However, when a mutation that causes the production of an extra pilus in the bacterium occurs at the same time as the defective pilus mutation, it can result in two transfer events.

This is because cells with both mutations will be able to produce functional pili and have two opportunities to do so during conjugation. If you are new here, I would recommend starting with our blog post on how bacteria grow antibiotic resistance: __.

It’s about halfway down this page or clicks here if you prefer to search for it by title instead of scrolling past all these other posts! The keyword is “mutation.”

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