Horizontal gene transfer: building the web of life

@article{Soucy2015HorizontalGT,
  title={Horizontal gene transfer: building the web of life},
  author={Shannon M. Soucy and Jinling Huang and Johann Peter Gogarten},
  journal={Nature Reviews Genetics},
  year={2015},
  volume={16},
  pages={472-482}
}
Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is the sharing of genetic material between organisms that are not in a parent–offspring relationship. HGT is a widely recognized mechanism for adaptation in bacteria and archaea. Microbial antibiotic resistance and pathogenicity are often associated with HGT, but the scope of HGT extends far beyond disease-causing organisms. In this Review, we describe how HGT has shaped the web of life using examples of HGT among prokaryotes, between prokaryotes and eukaryotes… 
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