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Analysis of Recombination in Campylobacterjejuni from MLST Population Data.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>09/2005
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Molecular Evolution
Issue number3
Volume61
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)333-340
<mark>State</mark>Published
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

We analyze recombination in C. jejuni using MLST data from isolates taken from wild birds, cattle, wild rabbits, and water in a 100-km2 study region in Cheshire, UK. We use a recent approximate likelihood method for inference, based on combining likelihood information from all pairs of segregating (polymorphic) sites in the data. We find substantial evidence for recombination, but only for recombination with short tract lengths, of around 225–750 bp. We estimate that the rate of recombination is of a similar magnitude to the rate of mutation.