horizontal gene transfer
Gene Jumped to All Three Domains of Life
Gene Jumped to All Three Domains of Life
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2014
By horizontal gene transfer, an antibacterial gene family has dispersed to a plant, an insect, several fungi, and an archaeon.
New Genes = New Archaea?
New Genes = New Archaea?
Molly Sharlach | Oct 15, 2014
Genes acquired from bacteria contributed to the origins of archaeal lineages, a large-scale phylogenetic analysis suggests.
Interspecies RNA Shuffle
Interspecies RNA Shuffle
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 14, 2014
Researchers report the first example of large-scale RNA-based communication between species—a parasitic plant and two of its hosts. 
Genomes Gone Wild
Genomes Gone Wild
Megan Scudellari | Jan 1, 2014
Weird and wonderful, plant DNA is challenging preconceptions about the evolution of life, including our own species.
Bacteria Can Integrate Degraded DNA
Bacteria Can Integrate Degraded DNA
Kerry Grens | Nov 18, 2013
In lab experiments, bacteria usurp small, damaged fragments of DNA, including those from a 43,000-year-old woolly mammoth.  
Bacteria Trade Genes
Bacteria Trade Genes
Abby Olena | Oct 1, 2013
Extremophiles living in Antarctica’s salty Deep Lake exchange genes much more often than previously observed in nature.
Going Viral
Going Viral
Breeann Kirby and Jeremy J. Barr | Sep 1, 2013
Bacteriophages shuttle genes between diverse ecosystems.
Going Viral
Going Viral
Breeann Kirby and Jeremy J. Barr | Sep 1, 2013
From therapeutics to gene transfer, bacteriophages offer a sustainable and powerful method of controlling microbes.
Bacterial DNA in Human Genomes
Bacterial DNA in Human Genomes
Ed Yong | Jun 20, 2013
A new study finds strong evidence that bacteria can transfer genes into human genomes, especially in cancer cells.
Algae Get Help to Go to Extremes
Algae Get Help to Go to Extremes
Sabrina Richards | Mar 7, 2013
A red alga appears to have adapted to extremely hot, acidic environments by collecting genes from bacteria and archaea.