Emergence of a new disease as a result of interspecific virulence gene transfer

@article{Friesen2006EmergenceOA,
  title={Emergence of a new disease as a result of interspecific virulence gene transfer},
  author={T. Friesen and E. Stukenbrock and Zhaohui Liu and S. Meinhardt and H. Ling and J. Faris and J. B. Rasmussen and P. Solomon and B. McDonald and R. Oliver},
  journal={Nature Genetics},
  year={2006},
  volume={38},
  pages={953-956}
}
New diseases of humans, animals and plants emerge regularly. Enhanced virulence on a new host can be facilitated by the acquisition of novel virulence factors. Interspecific gene transfer is known to be a source of such virulence factors in bacterial pathogens (often manifested as pathogenicity islands in the recipient organism) and it has been speculated that interspecific transfer of virulence factors may occur in fungal pathogens. Until now, no direct support has been available for this… Expand
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