UNIT 1.9 Introduction to Lambda Phages

  1. Karen Lech,
  2. Roger Brent

Published Online: 1 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0471142727.mb0109s13

Current Protocols in Molecular Biology

Current Protocols in Molecular Biology

How to Cite

Lech, K. and Brent, R. 2001. Introduction to Lambda Phages. Current Protocols in Molecular Biology. 13:III:1.9:1.9.1–1.9.4.

Author Information

  1. Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAY 2001
  2. Published Print: JAN 1991


The biology of lambda-derived vectors is extremely well understood. This introduction to the biology of lambda and related phages is included to help readers use the lambda vectors that are employed in the manual and to help readers understand new lambda vectors that are being developed. Specific topics include a discussion of lytic growth (i.e., requirements for DNA replication, packaging and lysis) and lysogenic growth (i.e., requirements for lysogenization and induction of a lysogen).