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Access to the article is free, however registration and sign-in are required. During the division of bacteria, not only chromosomal DNA but also plasmids need to be equally segregated between daughter cells. In their Perspective, MÃ¸ller-Jensen and Gerdes discuss new work (Garner et al.) showing that in rod-shaped bacteria, polymerization of an actin homolog called ParM provides the driving force enabling segregation of plasmids to opposite poles of the bacterium just before beta cell division.
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