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If plasmids direct their own transfer from one bacterium cell to another, then they are called as ___________

(a) self-transmissible

(b) auto-transmissible

(c) autonomously replicating

(d) auto-transfer

I had been asked this question in unit test.

My query is from Bacteria topic in chapter Using Other Organisms of Genetic Engineering

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Right option is (a) self-transmissible

Easy explanation: It is important to transfer the plasmids from one bacterium to another. If, plasmids are able to direct their own transfer, then it is called as self-transmissible. There are some plasmids which do it with the help of other plasmids.

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