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Researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute and others have found evidence for widespread lateral gene transfer from bacteria to eukaryotes. Finding complete or parts of the Wolbachia pipientis bacterial parasite inside the genomes of four insect and four nematode species, they conclude that these incorporated genomes give the host some of its functioning traits.

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