Natural genetic transformation: prevalence, mechanisms and function.

@article{Johnsborg2007NaturalGT,
  title={Natural genetic transformation: prevalence, mechanisms and function.},
  author={Ola Johnsborg and Vegard Eldholm and Leiv Sigve H{\aa}varstein},
  journal={Research in microbiology},
  year={2007},
  volume={158 10},
  pages={767-78}
}
Studies show that gene acquisition through natural transformation has contributed significantly to the adaptation and ecological diversification of several bacterial species. Relatively little is still known, however, about the prevalence and phylogenetic distribution of organisms possessing this property. Thus, whether natural transformation only benefits a limited number of species or has a large impact on lateral gene flow in nature remains a matter of speculation. Here we will review the… CONTINUE READING
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