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Comparative and Functional Genomics
Volume 3 (2002), Issue 1, Pages 37-41
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From Gene Regulation to Gene Function: Regulatory Networks in Bacillus subtilis

1Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The Medical School, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Framlington Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH, UK
2Unité de Génétique des Génomes Bactériens, Institut Pasteur, 28 rue du Docteur Roux, 75724 Paris Cedex 15, France

Received 5 December 2001; Accepted 6 December 2001

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Bacillus subtilis is a sporulating Gram-positive bacterium that lives primarily in the soil and associated water sources. The publication of the B. subtilis genome sequence and subsequent systematic functional analysis and gene regulation programmes, together with an extensive understanding of its biochemistry and physiology, makes this micro-organism a prime candidate in which to model regulatory networks in silico. In this paper we discuss combined molecular biological and bioinformatical approaches that are being developed to model this organism's responses to changes in its environment.