T1 Bacteriophages ("Phages")

    Bacteriophages ("bacteria eaters") are viruses that attack bacteria: the name is commonly shortened to just "phage". Phages attach to the outside membrane of bacteria by means of the thin "tail". The round "head" contains DNA surrounded by a protein coat. Early biochemical and genetic studies of phage are the foundations of modern molecular biology.

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