Detecting rare gene transfer events in bacterial populations

@inproceedings{Nielsen2013DetectingRG,
  title={Detecting rare gene transfer events in bacterial populations},
  author={Kaare Magne Nielsen and Thomas B\ohn and Jeffrey P. Townsend},
  booktitle={Front. Microbiol.},
  year={2013}
}
Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) enables bacteria to access, share, and recombine genetic variation, resulting in genetic diversity that cannot be obtained through mutational processes alone. In most cases, the observation of evolutionary successful HGT events relies on the outcome of initially rare events that lead to novel functions in the new host, and that exhibit a positive effect on host fitness. Conversely, the large majority of HGT events occurring in bacterial populations will go… CONTINUE READING
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