Watch a Plastid Squirm from One Plant Cell to Another
Watch a Plastid Squirm from One Plant Cell to Another
Entire organelles bearing DNA move between strains of tobacco that were grafted to one another.
Watch a Plastid Squirm from One Plant Cell to Another
Watch a Plastid Squirm from One Plant Cell to Another

Entire organelles bearing DNA move between strains of tobacco that were grafted to one another.

Entire organelles bearing DNA move between strains of tobacco that were grafted to one another.

horizontal gene transfer
Plant Cells Swap Organelles
Plant Cells Swap Organelles
Abby Olena | Jan 7, 2021
Their relocation explains horizontal genome transfer first described more than a decade ago.
Giant Viruses Can Integrate into the Genomes of Their Hosts
Giant Viruses Can Integrate into the Genomes of Their Hosts
Amanda Heidt | Nov 19, 2020
Rather than introducing small chunks of DNA as other viruses do, some giant viruses can contribute more than 1 million base pairs to a host’s genome, broadening the ways in which viruses may shape eukaryote evolution.
Image of the Day: Beetle Evolution
Image of the Day: Beetle Evolution
Emily Makowski | Nov 19, 2019
Plants, fungi, and bacteria likely contributed to insect diversity.
Genes from Bacteria Likely Aided Plants’ Move to Land
Genes from Bacteria Likely Aided Plants’ Move to Land
Shawna Williams | Nov 15, 2019
An analysis suggests that DNA cribbed from soil microbes enabled plants’ ancestors to colonize a terrestrial environment.
Horizontal Gene Transfer in Bdelloid Rotifers Questioned
Horizontal Gene Transfer in Bdelloid Rotifers Questioned
Abby Olena | Jul 12, 2018
A re-analysis of sequencing data from a 2016 study of these tiny metazoans reveals possible contamination, rather than an exchange of DNA among species.
Fungus Repurposed a Bacterial Gene to Sense Gravity with Crystals
Fungus Repurposed a Bacterial Gene to Sense Gravity with Crystals
Viviane Callier | Apr 24, 2018
Rather than getting a gene for its original function, a horizontal gene transfer provides the raw material for evolutionary innovation.
The Unlikely Relationship Between a Brittle Star and a Sea Pansy
The Unlikely Relationship Between a Brittle Star and a Sea Pansy
Aggie Mika | Jul 16, 2017
The presence of similar light-emitting enzymes in the distantly related organisms lends new insight into bioluminescence evolution.
This Parasitic Plant Steals More Than Nutrients From Its Hosts
This Parasitic Plant Steals More Than Nutrients From Its Hosts
David Smith | Feb 1, 2017
The plant Lophophytum pilfers mitochondrial genes from the species it parasitizes.
Black Widow Secrets in Phage Genome
Black Widow Secrets in Phage Genome
Jef Akst | Oct 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.