A system that repairs severely damaged bases in dNA by base excision and replacement, even if there is no template to guide base selection. This process is a last resort for repair, and is often the cause of mutations.
Synonym: error-prone repair.
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... but a little searching online found that it is also a major factor in SoS response (this is the first time I've heard of this system, so my knowledge ... question ultimately is: would a RecA deficient bacterium be unable to repair its DNA, or have reduced DNA repair? As a side note; I haven't found ...
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