horizontal gene transfer

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horizontal gene transfer

n.
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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Molecular evolution and mosaicism of leptospiral outer membrane proteins involves horizontal DNA transfer. J Bacteriol.
As a sequencing-based method for a single locus, spa typing possesses moderate discriminatory power, between PFGE and MLST; however, repeat-based spa typing is subject to misclassification bias due both to horizontal DNA transfer and to recombination and homoplasy (16).

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