Enterobacteria phage T4 (Bacteriophage T4, Phage T4, Coliphage T4, BPT4) | BCH-ORGA-SCBD-111541 | Organism | Biosafety Clearing-House

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Organism (ORGA)

last updated: 30 Jan 2017
Organism information
Enterobacteria phage T4
Order Caudovirales
Family Myoviridae
Genus T4likevirus
Species Enterobacteria phage T4
  • Bacteriophage T4
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  • Phage T4
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  • Coliphage T4
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  • BPT4
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Additional classification
group I, dsDNA viruses, no RNA stage
Viruses
Characteristics related to biosafety
The specific time and place of T4 phage isolation remains unclear, though they were likely found in sewage or fecal material. T4 and similar phages were described in a paper by Thomas F. Anderson, Max Delbrück, and Milislav Demerec in November 1944.
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Enterobacteria phage T4 is a bacteriophage that infects Escherichia coli bacteria. The T4 phage is a member of the T-even phages, a group including enterobacteriophages T2 and T6. T4 is capable of undergoing only a lytic lifecycle and not the lysogenic lifecycle.
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Additional Information
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