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The chemostat with lateral gene transfer

By Patrick De, Leenheer Jack, Dockery Tomas, Gedeon Sergei and S. Pilyugin


We investigate the standard chemostat model when lateral gene transfer is taken into account. We will show that when the different genotypes have growth rate functions that are sufficiently close to a common growth rate function, and when the yields of the genotypes are sufficiently close to a common value, then the population evolves to a globally stable steady state, at which all genotypes coexist. These results can explain why the antibiotic resistant strains persist in the pathogen population.

Year: 2011
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