Monthly Archives: June 2020

Identifying horizontally acquired elements in bacterial genomes

Contributed by Cory Schlesener Bacterial genomes are composed of diverse genetic elements. Many of these elements are not exclusively passed down a parental lineage (vertically acquired), but can also be horizontally acquired from other bacteria of varying degrees of relatedness. As bacteria are asexual, mechanisms of horizontal transfer of genetic information provide ways to add diversity to a population. Novel genes […]

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