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Directions: There are many factors that contribute to the large diversity within bacteria. There are certain factors that allow for increased diversity in bacteria when compared to humans. The following factors contribute to the large diversity found within bacteria. Please pick one for your discussion board:

  • A high mutation rate
  • Transduction
  • Transformation
  • Fast life cycle

Please answer the following questions as they relate to the factor you select:

  1. Define the factor in your own words
  2. Describe how this particular factor allows for increased diversity within bacteria.
  3. Compare bacteria and humans in terms of this factor. Does this process take place in humans as well as bacteria? If so, does it occur at the same rate? Are there any general differences between this process in humans and bacteria?

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