The long association and intense competition between bacteria and their viruses have created a fertile ground for evolution to develop numerous tools for DNA modification, assembly and degradation. Many of these tools underpin the past 50 years of molecular biology, and others show great potential in shaping the next 50 years of the field. Here, I present some of the tools that have come out of the bacteria-bacteriophage arms race and discuss some of the concepts that may shape their future use. Molecular biology remains a fast-growing area increasingly limited solely by researcher ingenuity.
Part of the book: Bacteriophages