Natural transformation increases the rate of adaptation in the human pathogen Helicobacter pylori.

@article{Baltrus2008NaturalTI,
  title={Natural transformation increases the rate of adaptation in the human pathogen Helicobacter pylori.},
  author={David A. Baltrus and Karen Guillemin and Patrick C Phillips},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2008},
  volume={62 1},
  pages={39-49}
}
Gene exchange between individuals can lead to profound evolutionary effects at both the genomic and population levels. These effects have sparked widespread interest in examining the specific adaptive benefits of recombination. Although this work has primarily focused on the benefits of sex in eukaryotes, it is assumed that similar benefits of genetic exchange apply across eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Here we report a direct test of this assumption using the naturally transformable human gastric… CONTINUE READING

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