Characteristics of Bacteriophage Altwerkus
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Altwerkus is a B1 subcluster Mycobacteriophage, a form of virus, that infects Mycobacterium Smegmatis, a form of bacteria closely related to Mycobacterium Tuberculosis.
Working under Dr. Emily Fisher and Dr. Joel Schildbach from the Biology Department at Johns Hopkins University, I discovered Altwerkus through direct plating and DNA isolation laboratory techniques. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute provided us with the opportunity to sequence its genome and annotate its DNA via the SEA-PHAGES Phage Hunting initiative.