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January 17, 2023atif-khan
PICI thieves: Molecular piracy and
Phage-inducible chromosomal islands

Phage-inducible chromosomal islands (PICIs) steal structural proteins from helper phages. In two related studies, Penadés and coworkers reveal that PICIs are not parasites but mutualists. Some PICIs mobilize defense systems that restrict niche competitors, while other PICIs encode their own capsids and steal helper phage tails without affecting their fitness.

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