horizontal gene transfer(redirected from Horizontal DNA transfer)
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Related to Horizontal DNA transfer: vertical gene transfer
horizontal gene transfer
The transfer of genetic material from one organism to another by a process other than reproduction, as in the conjugation of bacteria. Also called lateral gene transfer.
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