lateral gene transfer
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.
Phages Carry Antibiotic Resistance Genes
Phages Carry Antibiotic Resistance Genes
Abby Olena | Dec 8, 2016
Researchers find evidence of antibiotic resistance genes in the DNA of viruses that infect bacteria.
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.
Contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2016
Meet some of the people featured in the October 2016 issue of The Scientist
Bacteria and Humans Have Been Swapping DNA for Millennia
Bacteria and Humans Have Been Swapping DNA for Millennia
Kelly Robinson and Julie Dunning Hotopp | Oct 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?
Lateral Gene Transfer in <em>Drosophila</em>
Lateral Gene Transfer in Drosophila
Kelly Robinson and Julie Dunning Hotopp | Sep 30, 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.
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.  
Contributors
Chris Palmer and Kate Yandell | Sep 1, 2013
Meet some of the people featured in the September 2013 issue of The Scientist.
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.