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Woo-hoo!! A hypothesis proved correct!

Last spring I came up with a far-fetched hypothesis to explain the phenotypes of two of our competence-gene knockouts,HI0569 (competence eliminated) and HI0660 (normal competence).  I proposed that HI0660n encoded a 'toxin' that prevents competence or kills cells expressing it, and that HI0659 encodes an antitoxin that protects cells from the actions of HI0660.  You can read all about it here.

Yesterday I finally was able to do the critical experiment, testing the competence phenotype of cells with both genes knocked out.  It's normal!

And here's the data:

The asterisk on the HI0659 column indicates that this is a 'less than' data point, since there were no transformant colonies on any of the plates.

This result confirms that HI0660 does something that COMPLETELY prevents transformation, and that HI0659's job is to prevent HI0660 from doing whatever it does.

1 comment:

  1. I am surprised that no-one has challenged "hypothesis proved correct".

    Has Popperian falsification died and been buried?



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