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Bacterial Cell Differentiation

  1. Christopher Smith1,
  2. Yves Brun2

Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001422



How to Cite

Smith, C. and Brun, Y. 2005. Bacterial Cell Differentiation. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Indiana University, Indiana, USA

  2. 2

    Indiana University, Indiana, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

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Bacteria utilize a variety of molecular mechanisms to achieve cell differentiation. The resulting developmental transformations generate specialized cell types that increase their ability to survive in their environment.


  • development;
  • differentiation;
  • localization;
  • sporulation;
  • compartmentalization