August 31, 2007
Transfer Sequence

Scientists have discovered that bacterial parasites can deposit their genome into the genome of their host species. The presence of this sort of, well, I'm not even sure it's an attack, but at any rate this sort of thing is quite likely to be much more widespread than what's been discovered so far. All those samples geneticists have been tossing away as contaminated may in fact represent a part of the animal's genetic makeup.

Just when you thought biology couldn't get any weirder...

Posted by scott at August 31, 2007 02:27 PM

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Just when you thought it couldn't get any wierder, you discover that one of the people quoted in the story is Dr Doolittle.

Posted by: Ron on August 31, 2007 03:47 PM

If I could talk to the pathogens...
Just imagine it!
Chatting with a strep in streptotease...
Imagine talking to a tumor,
Chatting with a chancroid,
What a rank hemorrhoid we'd avoid!

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on September 1, 2007 01:13 AM
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