Experiments were performed to determine the mechanism of release of phage from the lysogenic strain of B. mycoides N. The results suggest that qualitatively the same situation obtains as in the phage-carrying cultures of B. megatherium 899 and E. coli Li; i.e., the population consists of two kinds of cells: "lysogènes potentiels" and "producteurs." Quantitatively, however, there are more "producers" in a broth culture of the lysogenic B. mycoides N, at least curing the first 4 to 8 hours after cells have been suspended in fresh medium, suggesting that the interaction between host and parasite is one in which the balance is easily swung in favor of the virus.

These conclusions are based upon the following lines of evidence: (1) the slow "growth rate" of the lysogenic culture, (2) the fact that the colony count falls far below the plaque count or the filament count (which correspond) for a well washed suspension, (3) the increase in phage output in a large number of tubes, each containing a small number of lysogenic cells, after a few hours' incubation in nutrient broth at 30°C.

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