Haggling for Genes

Bacteria that live within the human body use it as a "marketplace" to trade genes, allowing them to rapidly evolve new skills like antibiotic resistance, says Not Exactly Rocket Science's Ed Yong. A paper published recently in Nature shows that "our bodies turn out to be hotbeds of horizontal transfers," Yong says.

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