The role of laterally transferred genes in adaptive evolution


Bacterial genomes develop new mechanisms to tide them over the imposing conditions they encounter during the course of their evolution. Acquisition of new genes by lateral gene transfer may be one of the dominant ways of adaptation in bacterial genome evolution. Lateral gene transfer provides the bacterial genome with a new set of genes that help it to… (More)
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-7-S1-S8

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