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Genetic Exchange Between Kingdoms


Genetic Exchange Between Kingdoms

G F Sprague Jr. Curr Opin Genet Dev.


Bacterial conjugation with two evolutionarily divergent yeasts has been observed in the laboratory. Whether such trans-kingdom conjugation events, other than the well known Agrobacterium-plant cell interaction, actually occur in nature is not known. However, a few putative events have recently been uncovered by gene (or protein) sequence analysis, suggesting that horizontal gene transfer between phylogenetic kingdoms may be a real phenomenon.

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