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Transgenic Relatives

... evolutionary cousins, even those belonging to different kingdoms! Genes are transferred with various vectors (viruses, plasmids, mobile genetic elements) and through various processes which involve physical contact between cells or penetration of foreign DNA in cells. Any simple organism could simply eat a bacterium and have, as a result, bacterial genes in its genome! Obviously, the most active gene transfer should occur in symbiotic and parasitic systems, i.e. in communities where unrelated organisms are in close physical contact. Genetic Mosaic Modern methods make it possible to find ...

Modified: 30.09.2004
genome , DNA , gene transfer , genetic information , human , bacteria , evolution
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