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The plant Lophophytum pilfers mitochondrial genes from the species it parasitizes.

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Phages Carry Antibiotic Resistance Genes

By Abby Olena | December 8, 2016

Researchers find evidence of antibiotic resistance genes in the DNA of viruses that infect bacteria.

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Black Widow Secrets in Phage Genome

By Jef Akst | October 12, 2016

In the DNA of the WO phage, which infects arthropod-inhabiting Wolbachia, researchers find sequences related to a black widow spider’s toxin and other animal genes.

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Contributors

By The Scientist Staff | October 1, 2016

Meet some of the people featured in the October 2016 issue of The Scientist

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Lateral Gene Transfer in Drosophila

By Kelly Robinson and Julie Dunning Hotopp | October 1, 2016

DNA transfer is a regular event among bacteria, and research over the past decade has shown that microbes can also shuttle their genetic material to multicellular hosts.

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Bacteria and Humans Have Been Swapping DNA for Millennia

By Kelly Robinson and Julie Dunning Hotopp | October 1, 2016

Bacteria inhabit most tissues in the human body, and genes from some of these microbes have made their way to the human genome. Could this genetic transfer contribute to diseases such as cancer?

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Bacteria Can Integrate Degraded DNA

By Kerry Grens | November 18, 2013

In lab experiments, bacteria usurp small, damaged fragments of DNA, including those from a 43,000-year-old woolly mammoth.  

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Contributors

By Chris Palmer and Kate Yandell | September 1, 2013

Meet some of the people featured in the September 2013 issue of The Scientist.

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Going Viral

By Breeann Kirby and Jeremy J. Barr | September 1, 2013

Bacteriophages shuttle genes between diverse ecosystems.

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Going Viral

By Breeann Kirby and Jeremy J. Barr | September 1, 2013

From therapeutics to gene transfer, bacteriophages offer a sustainable and powerful method of controlling microbes.

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