Horizontal gene transfer in human pathogens

  title={Horizontal gene transfer in human pathogens},
  author={Mario Juhas},
  journal={Critical Reviews in Microbiology},
  pages={101 - 108}
  • M. Juhas
  • Published 2 January 2015
  • Biology
  • Critical Reviews in Microbiology
Abstract Horizontal gene transfer has a tremendous impact on the genome plasticity, adaptation and evolution of bacteria. Horizontally transferred mobile genetic elements are involved in the dissemination of antibiotic resistance and virulence genes, thus contributing to the emergence of novel “superbugs”. This review provides update on various mechanisms of horizontal gene transfer and examines how horizontal gene transfer contributes to the evolution of pathogenic bacteria. Special focus is… 

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