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    • CommentAuthorAnopheles
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2008 edited
     (2430.1)
    Found an article on tiny water-borne organisms that steal DNA from other species for purposes of reproduction.

    "These fascinating animals not only have relaxed the barriers to incorporation of foreign genetic material, but, more surprisingly, they even managed to keep some of these alien genes functional," Ms Arkhipova said in a statement.

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    Helping with a technical difficulty:

    The story in question.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMay 31st 2008
     (2430.3)
    That's amazing. Gene exchange between unicellar organisms is pretty common.

    Plus there's retroviruses that insert their genes into the genoem of their hosts but Ive never read of anything like this before.